Ajit Wadekar Passes Away, Aged 77

When you hear the name Ajit Wadekar, a lot of age-old Indian cricket memories flush into your brain. However, you won’t be hearing that name very often anymore, as the former Indian captain has passed away in Mumbai today. He was 77 years old and was pronounced dead today, after a prolonged illness. They say that he was behind the first true revolution of Indian cricket.

Wadekar made his Test debut for India way back in 1966 against the West Indies, and was later made the national team captain in 1971. He was also part of the historic Indian team that played its first ever ODI in 1974. The cricketing fraternity will today mourn the loss of a highly influential name in the industry.

Born on 1 April, 1941, the left-handed batsman played 37 Tests for India and scored at an average of 30+, to go with appearances in 2 ODIs. Playing against fearsome bowling attacks back in the day, Wadekar led the Indian team to famous victories in England and West Indies, which also included India’s first major victory overseas. This man has been an inspiration to thousands and will be dearly missed.

He passed away today, as the rest of the nation celebrated the country’s 72nd Independence Day. He breathed his last at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital a few hours back and is survived by his wife Rekha, two sons and a daughter. After a successful cricketing career, the player went on to become the Chairman of selectors as well.

Twitterati paid immediate tribute to the man as soon as the news broke out. Best tweets:

Along with this major shock of a cricketing icon passing away, former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is also critical is another part of the country. He has been shifted to the ventilator and it seems difficult to retrieve him. Keep watching this space for more updates on that story as well.

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