Former India Captain Ajit Wadekar Passes Away at 77

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Former India Captain Ajit Wadekar Passes Away at 77
Former India Captain Ajit Wadekar Passes Away at 77

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.

He made his one Test hundred — a 143-run effort in Wellington — in the 1968 tour of New Zealand.

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.

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