Ajit Wadekar, Former Indian Cricket Team Captain, Passes away at 77

Former Captain of Indian Cricket Team, Ajit Wadekar died on Wednesday night. Wadekar died battling a prolonged illness at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital.

"Mr. Ajit Wadekar was declared dead on arrival at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre. He had been critically unwell for sometime and was seeking treatment for the same," hospital's official statement said.

Wadekar was a left-handed batsman and will always be remembered for India's historic test series wins over England and West Indies in 1971.

Wadekar was also the manager of the Indian Cricket team in the late 1990's. He played a total 37 Test matches for India, scoring 2113 runs.

Wadekar was also honoured with Arjuna Award (1967) and Padmashri (1972), India's fourth highest civilian honour by The Government of India. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter, "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."


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