Former Indian cricket team captain Ajit Wadekar passed away at the age of 77 in Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital on Wednesday after a prolonged illness.
Wadekar’s name will always be associated with India’s Test series victories in West Indies and England when he led the side to historic wins in both the countries. The country won the Test played at Port of Spain to clinch the five-match Test series against the Windies 1-0. And, the third and final Test at The Oval to seal the three-match Test series versus England 1-0.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 15, 2018
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
— Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) August 15, 2018
So many memories of Ajit Wadekar. None more powerful than leading India to series wins in 1971 in England and the West Indies. Much admired, much loved. Page in Indian cricket and in our memories.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 15, 2018
Wadekar made his first-class debut way back in 1958-59 for Bombay (now Mumbai) against Madras. His breakthrough season in first-class cricket came in 1964-65 when he averaged 67.75. He followed it up by averaging 71.50 in 1965-66. Eventually, he made his Test debut against the Windies at the Brabourne stadium in December 1966. He ended his career with 15380 runs at 47.03. He also bagged 21 wickets.