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.
Twitterati paid immediate tribute to the man as soon as the news broke out. Best tweets:
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
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2018
This is sad news.— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) August 15, 2018
The great Ajit Wadekar is no more.
1971 was no less than a World Cup victory. Maybe more….
You will be missed dear captain.#AjitWadekar
Deeply saddened by the passing away of— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 15, 2018
Ajit Wadekar; a successful captain who led India to its 1st-ever series win. His style of batting influenced many and I join cricket fans across India in grief.
RIP 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/alpI5cfMX7
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.