Former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who had represented the country in 37 Test match, passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday, senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai conformed the news on Twitter.
Very very sad news: the iconic former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar is no more. Sir, will miss you ! RIP
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) August 15, 2018
Rated as one of the world’s finest batsmen and a great human being, Wadekar will always be remembered for his contribution to Indian cricket. He led the Indian team to historic triumphs in the West Indies and England in 1971.
Ajit Wadekar was one of the few cricketers to represent the country as a Test player, captain, coach and chairman of selectors.
Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958-59 but had to wait eight long years before representing India at the big stage despite many solid performances in the domestic circuit. He made his Test debut for India in 1966 against West Indies at his home ground in Mumbai.
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle recalled Ajit Wadekar as much loved and much admired.
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