Legendary Indian captain Ajit Wadekar dies at the age of 77. He had led the Indian cricket team to historic test win in England and West Indies. He is survived by his wife Rekha, two sons and a daughter.
He passed away today due to prolonged illness. Wadekar was declared dead on arrival ad he was brought to the hospital in South Mumbai.
“He had been critically unwell for some time and was seeking treatment for the same,” read the statement from the Jaslok Hospital. Wadekar family has planned to perfume his last rites on Friday.
Wadekar led Indian cricket team to win historic matches in England and West Indies in 1971, he has appeared in 37 test matches for India and had scores 2,113 runs in his Test career, which includes one hundred. He was named as a first ODI captain, though he just led the team for two matches.
Two ODI matches which team played against England under his captainship resulted in to a loss. This prompted him to retire from international cricket in 1974.
After his retirement, Wadekar served as manager of Indian cricket team in the 90s during the captaincy of Azharuddin. In his tenure, India reached the semi-finals of 1996 World Cup.
He went on to becoming a chairman of selector’s board as well. Wadekar is served as captain, manager and a selector he is the only cricketer to do so besides Lala Amarnath and Chandu Borde.
But what made him a legendary icon was the test wins in the West Indies and England. Wadekar took over the captaincy from M A K Pataudi in 1971. After which he wrote a historic chapter as India triumphs in England and West Indies.
Wadekar’s made his debut in 1958 but he made it to the Indian team in 1966. During hos career, he was known as the aggressive batsman number three.
Ajit Wadekar will be remembered for his rich contribution to Indian cricket. A great batsman & wonderful captain, he led our team to some of the most memorable victories in our cricketing history. He was also respected as an effective cricket administrator. Pained by his demise.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2018
He made his one Test hundred — a 143-run effort in Wellington — in the 1968 tour of New Zealand.
Sad at the passing of Ajit Wadekar, one of Indian cricket’s finest left-handed batsman and captain during the iconic overseas test victories in 1971 in the Caribbean and England. Condolences to his family and to the cricket fraternity #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 15, 2018
In total he made 14 half centuries in the end of his test career, four of those being 90-plus scores.
He was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1967 and India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padmashri, in 1972.
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. We’ll always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time. 🙏 RIP pic.twitter.com/coSyac73ot
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2018