Former Indian cricket team skipper Ajit Wadekar passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday after losing the battle against cancer. Ajit Wadekar had led the Indian cricket team to victory in 1971 when the team was touring West Indies and England. Ajit Wadekar was suffering from cancer and prolonged illness related to it. Sharing his condolence on the death of Ajit Wadekar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he will be remembered for his rich contribution to the Indian cricket. PM Modi said that he was a great batsman and wonderful captain. Wadekar had led the Indian team to some of the most memorable victories in cricketing history. He was also respected as an effective cricket administrator. Modi said he was pained by his demise.
According to Mumbai’s Jaslok hospital official statement said, “Former Indian cricket legend Ajit Wadekar was declared dead on arrival at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre. He was running critically unwell for sometime and was seeking treatment for the same.”
Ajit Wadekar was the first Indian team captain who led the team to series victory against West Indies and England much before Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar. The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) also took to Twitter to express grief on the death of Ajit Wadekar and said, “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.”
In 1966, Ajit Wadekar made his test debut against West Indies, which was known to be one of the best team in Cricket. Wadekar plated a total of 37 test matches in his 8-year-long career. He scored 2113 runs which include 14 fifties and a century. Wadekar was also first ODI team captain, however, during his captaincy, he played only two matches and was only able to score 73 runs.