Wadekar, who played 37 Tests, led India to historic triumphs in the West Indies and England in the 1970s.

Former India Test captain Ajit Wadekar passes away at 77
Sports Cricket Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 07:05

Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. He was 77.

Wadekar, who played 37 Tests, led India to historic triumphs in the West Indies and England in the 1970s.

Under him, India won a five-match series in the West Indies in 1971 before beating England in a three-match series the same year.

Wadekar, who scored 2,113 Test runs with 14 half centuries and a century, led India to a third successive series victory, beating England once again at home in 1972-73. He was the first Indian skipper to achieve the feat of three successive Test series wins. 

β€œHe set an excellent example in discipline and team work and by persuasion and sociable nature was able to extract full co-operation and the best effort from them (team members). He never threw his weight about just because he was the captain and never split the team or groups or parties,” wrote cricketer Vijay Merchant in the Wisden. 

Wadekar had one century in Tests, with his 143 coming in a winning cause against New Zealand at Wellington in 1968. This also helped India win the series 3-1, its first series win away from home.

PM Narendra Modi paid his tributes to Wadekar and said he will be remembered for his rich contribution to Indian cricket. 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India and current coach Ravi Shastri also paid their condolences. 

Wadekar also appeared in two One-day Internationals. 

An aggressive left-handed batsman, Wadekar made his first class debut in 1958-59 before making his India debut in 1966-67.

After his retirement, he also served as the Manager of the national team led by Mohammed Azharuddin in the 1990s.

With IANS inputs

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