Former Indian cricket team skipper Ajit Wadekar dies: Former Indian cricket team manager Ajit Wadekar passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday. Ajit Wadekar was suffering from cancer and was declared dead on arrival at Mumbai’s Jaslok hospital on August 15. PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, cricketing legend including Ravi Shastri, Irfan Pathan, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, Bollywood actor Boman Irani shared their condolence on the death of former Indian test cricket team skipper. Soon after Wadekar’s death news, social media exploded with reactions, praising and remembering the former captain who brought proud moments to the Indian cricket team under his captaincy.
Under Ajit Wadekar, the Indian cricket test team claimed victory against West Indies and England at their home grounds in 1971 and took team India to new paths of glory. Wadekar had been running critically unwell for some time and was seeking treatment for the same, Mumbai’s Jaslok hospital said in its offical statement.
Former Indian cricket team captain Ajit Wadekar death LIVE updates:
12:20 am: Expressing grief on the demise of former Indian test cricket team captain, Suresh Raina said that he was saddened by the news that Ajit Wadekar is no more. Raina said that he led Team India to many historic victories. “My condolences to the friends and family,” Raina added.
12:00 am: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also took to Twitter and shared his condolence saying saddened by the demise of former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar. “A fine batsman, a wonderful coach and a great administrator Ajit Wadekar will always be remembered by cricket lover for the cricketing memories especially the overseas triumphs against England and the West Indies,” the Union Minister said.
11:40 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also expressed his sorrow on the death of former Indian cricket captain and said that he was shocked to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar. Fadnavis said, “We lost a great cricket player, first Indian captain to achieve overseas wins, aggressive batsman and an all-rounder. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.”
11: 35 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter and said, “Condolences to his family and to the cricket fraternity. Sad at the passing of Ajit Wadekar, one of Indian cricket’s finest left-handed batsman and captain during the iconic overseas test victories in 1971 in the Caribbean and England.”
11:30 pm: Cricketer Irfan Pathan took to his Twitter wall and expressed grief on Wadekar’s death. He said, “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.”
11:28 pm: Bollywood actor Boman Irani also expressed his grief on the passing away of Ajit Wadekar. The actor wrote on Twitter, “This is sad news. The great Ajit Wadekar is no more. 1971 was no less than a World Cup victory. Maybe more … You will be missed dear captain.”
11:20 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence on Ajit Wadekar’s death saying, “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.”
Renowned cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle also took to Twitter and said, “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.”