MUMBAI: Former India captain Ajit Wadekar died on Wednesday after battling a prolonged illness at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital.
The 77-year-old, who made his debut in 1966 against West Indies in Mumbai, played 37 Tests and scored 2,113 runs in his career at an average of 31.07. He also appeared in two ODIs including India’s first-ever ODI game in 1974. His biggest achievement was when he took India to a series win against the formidable West Indies in 1971.
Wadekar also served as the manager of the Indian cricket team in the 1990s during Mohammad Azharuddin’s tenure as captain. He was one of the few Indians to represent the country as a Test player, captain, coach/manager and the chairman of selectors
The Government of India had honoured him with the Arjuna Award (1967) and Padmashri (1972), India’s fourth highest civilian honour.
He was also awarded the CK Nayudu Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Indian cricket.