Former Indian cricket Captain Ajit Wadekar passes away

Avinash Anand

The iconic Indian cricket team captain Ajit Wadekar passed away on Wednesday in Mumbai at the age of 77, leaving behind his wife Rekha and two sons and a daughter. According to the sources, the last rites of Wadekar will be held on Friday.

 From making India win in the test series against England and West Indies, Ajit has a marveling record of 2112 runs including 14 fifties in 37 matches.  He became captain in 1971 and for the first time led India to series wins in England & West Indies.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the news via their Twitter account. They wrote, "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."

The Indian Cricket team and staff held a one minute silence paying tribute to the former Indian Captain Wadekar, before the net practice on Thursday during the ongoing test series against England.
He played 37 Tests for India, making his debut in 1966 against the West Indies and was named the national team captain in 1971. He was also part of the Indian team that played its first-ever ODI in 1974. He played a total of 37 Tests for India, scoring 2,113 runs at an average of 31.07. 

His only Test century came against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, when he scored a mammoth 143 and helped the team to an important victory. After his playing days, he continued to contribute to the cause of Indian cricket in an administrative role as well.
In the last decade of the 20th century, he was the manager of the Indian team while Mohammad Azharuddin was captain and also served as the Chairman of Selectors for the senior team. Along with ChanduBorde and LalaAmarnath, he is just third person to represent India as a Test player, captain, coach/manager as well as Chairman of Selectors.  
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay his homage to the departed soul: "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."

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