Former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar dies: Indian cricket legend Ajit Wadekar passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday after losing the battle against cancer. According to Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre official statement, Ajit Wadekar was declared dead on arrival. He had been running critically unwell for sometime and was seeking treatment for the same. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, other senior politicians, cricket legends Ravi Shastri, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina and others shared their condolence on the death of Ajit Wadekar.
Ajit Wadekar will always be remembered for leading the Indian cricket team to series victory against England and West Indies in 1971 at their home grounds. Expressing grief on the demise of former Indian cricket team captain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Ajit Wadekar will be remembered for his rich contribution to Indian cricket team. A great batsman and wonderful captain, Wadekar led the Indian team to some of the most momentous victories in the cricketing history. PM Modi said that Wadekar was also respected as an effective cricket administrator. “Pained by his demise,” Modi added.
Speaking on the Wadekar’s death, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “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.” Wadekar in his entire 8-year-long career played 37 test matches, scored a total of 2113 runs with 14 fifties and a ton. Ajit Wadekar also captained the ODI team, however, he got to play only two games in which he scored 73 runs.
Former Indian Cricket legend Ravi Shastri also took to his Twitter profile and said, “Sad moment for Indian cricket to lose one of its most successful captains. Shrewd to the core. Condolences to the entire family.”
B-town’s one of the most actor talented actor Boman Irani said that the great Ajit Wadekar is no more. “1971 was no less than a World Cup victory. Maybe more …. You will be missed dear captain,” Boman Irani added.