Mumbai: Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who led the team to historic test series victories in West Indies and England in 1971, has died at the age of 77 after a prolonged illness.
The left-handed batsman scored 2,113 runs at an average of 31.07 in 37 tests with a hundred and 14 half-centuries.
Wadekar later served as coach, manager and chairman of selectors for India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of the former cricketer and said Wadekar was “a great batsman and wonderful captain” who made a “rich contribution to Indian cricket”.
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
“He led our team to some of the most memorable victories in our cricketing history”, Modi posted on Twitter.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 15, 2018
Current India head coach Ravi Shastri said it was “a sad moment for Indian cricket”.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2018
“With a heavy heart we bid adieu to Ajit Wadekar. The former India captain is no more,” the Indian cricket board said on its official twitter handle.
Wadekar is best remembered for captaining the Indian team to a 1-0 series win in the Caribbean in 1971 and then beating England by the same margin later in the year.