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Astute And Inspirational Indian Cricket Skipper Ajit Wadekar Passes Away At 77

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Ajit Wadekar the skipper who captained India to historic overseas wins in 197i – In West Indies and England is no more. He died after a prolonged illness at the age of 77.

The aggressive batsman left an indelible mark on Indian cricket despite making a mere 37 Test appearances. He led India to triumphs in England and the West Indies in 1971.

Wadekar also served as India’s manager in the 1990s when Mohammed Azharuddin was the captain and the duo had a fine partnership and had a superb record at home from 1993- 1996. He later went on to become the chairman of selectors as well.

He played 37 Tests in which he scored 2,113 runs at an average of 31.07. His only century, a match-winning 143 at Wellington, came during India’s 1967-68 tour of New Zealand .

Tributes started flowing in as news of his death came.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled his rich contribution to Indian cricket

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar expressed his grief

Legendary Sinner Bishan Singh Bedi paid his rich tributes

Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin , who had fine rapport with Ajit Wadekar  when he was coach expressed his sadness on twitter

 

Former India batsman VVS Laxman paid his tribute

Former India skipper  and former Head Coach Anil Kumble also remembered Ajit Wadekar

 

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