Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar passed away here on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. He was 77.
Wadekar, who played 37 Tests, led India to historic triumphs in the West Indies and England in the 1970s. Under him, India won five matches in the West Indies in the early 1970s before beating England in a three-match series.
Wadekar, who scored 2,113 Test runs with 14 half-centuries and a century, led India to a third successive series victory, beating England once again in 1972-73. He also appeared in two One-day Internationals.
An aggressive left-handed batsman, Wadekar made his first class debut in 1958-59 before making his India debut in 1966-67. After his retirement, he also served as the Manager of the national team led by Mohammed Azharuddin in the 1990s.
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
A rare Cricketer, Captain, Coach, Manager and Chairman of Selectors – a truly great servant of Indian Cricket. Heartfelt condolences to family and loved ones. Om Shanti Ajit Wadekar Sir ???? pic.twitter.com/67UVcvJUK9
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 16, 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
#AjitWadekar sir .. such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family..??@BCCI? pic.twitter.com/xLMb2i82B2
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) August 15, 2018
Deeply saddened by the demise of an iconic Indian cricketer Ajit Wadekar ji. Thoughts with his family and close ones. May his soul rest in peace.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 15, 2018
Ajit Wadekar passes away. Fine left-hander& Indian cricket’s renaissance man with overseas wins over West Indies & Eng 1971 as captain. RIP
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 15, 2018
Sad news from Mumbai. Ajit Wadekar, the first captain to lead Indian team to overseas test victory, passes away.
He was an institution in himself and India has lost a prolific cricketer with his demise.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 16, 2018
Extremely sad to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar sir. May his soul rest in peace ????
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 16, 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
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) August 15, 2018
Shocked to hear about the demise Ajit Wadekar Sir!
My deepest condolences to his family and friends
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 16, 2018
Extremely saddened by the news that former Indian cricket captain #AjitWadekar is no more. He led India to many historic victories! My condolences to the friends & family! RIP Sir, you will always be missed!
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 15, 2018