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VS Patil passes away aged 86

Vithal Patil.
BCCI recommended Vithal Patil’s name for the Dronacharya Award in 2008.

Jun 10, 2014

Former cricketer Vithal Shivaram (VS) Patil passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86.  He played two First-Class games for Mumbai and was considered as one of the best coaches for Mumbai. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommended Patil’s name for the Dronacharya Award in 2008.

Apart from Sunil Gavaskar, he coached Mumbai Ranji captain Shishir Hattangadi, Ravi Shastri, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sanjay Manjrekar. Patil, 86, remained the highest wicket-taker in the Kanga League with 759 wickets. He played in the league for about 40 years.

Talking about Patil’s coaching, Hattangadi told CricketCountry during an interview, “His [Patil’s] style of coaching was such that he gave enough practice for the player to gain confidence before the game. [Patil sir] wanted his wards to do well. He would be there for us every time. The passion in his coaching was visible as he personally took a lot of interest during the practice sessions.”

The former Mumbai Ranji captain wrote on Twitter, “The end of another era,V.S.Patil Rest in peace,my coach.” (Sic)

Manjrekar wrote, “Sad news of my coach VS Patil passing away this evening at 4.55 pm. May his soul rest in peace.”

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