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Cricket legend Ajit Wadekar dies: Tributes pour in, PM Modi says 'pained by his demise'

India won five matches in West Indies in the early 1970s before beating England in a three-match series under the captaincy of the cricket legend.

NMF News Bureau | Updated: 16 Aug 2018, 10:34:03
Ajit Wadekar (File photo) Ajit Wadekar (File photo)

New Delhi: Former cricket captain Ajit Wadekar died at the age of 77 at Jaslok Hopsital in South Mumbai on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. Wadekar led India to clinch their first overseas victory in England and the West Indies in 1971.

India won five matches in West Indies in the early 1970s before beating England in a three-match series under the captaincy of the cricket legend.

Wadekar is survived by wife Rekha, two sons and a daughter. Despite making appearance in just 37 Tests, the former left-handed batsman was an aggressive batsman and a trailblazer in Indian cricket.

He was also India's first ODI captain and appeared only in two matches.

"With a heavy heart we bid adieu to Ajit Wadekar. The former India captain is no more. Cricketer, Coach, Manager and Chairman of Selectors - Mr Wadekar served Indian cricket in many different ways," tweeted the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Cricketers and fans took to Twitter to pay their respects to Wadekar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ramnath Kovind also paid their tributes to him on the micro-blogging site.

Wadekar scored 2,113 Test runs, including 14 half-centuries and one hundred, in his cricketing career. In 1958-59, he made his first class debut, before making an India debut in 1966-67.

He also served as the manager of the national team led by Mohammed Azharuddin in the 1990s post retirement. He later became the chairman of selectors.


First Published: 16 Aug 2018, 10:29:25

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