Jatin Vasudeo Paranjape
April 17, 1972, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Left hand bat
Slow left arm orthodox
Jatin Paranjpe was a generously-built attractive middle-order bat who strode briefly onto the international stage in 1998 before an inopportune injury halted him in his tracks. The son of former Bombay player, Vasu Paranjpe, he made his Ranji debut in the 1991-92 season. It took him seven years of dogged perseverance to gain the attention of the national selectors. A hot streak in 1997-98, when 606 runs sizzled from his blade in four Ranji outings, could not be ignored. Paranjpe was invited to tour Pakistan with India 'A' during that season but produced little of note. A solitary ODI appearance in a triangular series involving Kenya and Bangladesh followed in May.
In the Sahara Cup at Toronto later that year Paranjpe made a run-a-ball unbeaten 23 to steer India to victory in the opener. In the short time he spent in the middle, Paranjpe gave the impression of a levelheaded young man, bringing an instinctive sense of urgency in his wake. Two games later he was on the flight home, having wrenched his ankle in the field, and has been confined to domestic pastures ever since. Resolute in defense, when Paranjpe opened his broad shoulders and took a free swing, the ball went a long way. In the 1999-2000
Ranji season, he stroked 652 runs at 50.15, with three centuries including a best of 185, but never regained the confidence of the selectors.
Anand Vasu (April 2004)
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