Former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar passes away at 77
Former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar died at Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday night. He was 77 years old. Wadekar was India’s first captain who won the series abroad. Born on 1 April 1941, Wadekar played the first Test for India in 1966. He played 37 Tests in an eight-year career. He scored 2113 runs in Tests with the help of one century and 14 half-centuries. The government honored him with Arjuna Award in 1967 and Padma Shri in 1972. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Wadekar.
Journey to a cricketer from an engineer:
Wadekar wanted to become an engineer. Once, he was going to college with his senior and neighbor Balu Gupte. Balu was in the college’s cricket team. He asked Ajit whether you will become the 12th player in the college team? For this, you will get three rupee match fees. At that time there was also a huge amount of three rupees. Ajit could not refuse this offer and joined the college’s cricket team. Later, Sunil Gavaskar’s uncle Madhav Mantri recognized his talent. On the advice of the Mantri, Wadekar got the place in the Indian team.
Wadekar was the first captain of India to win three consecutive Test series. He defeated the West Indies by 1-0 (5) in 1970-71, defeating England 1-0 (3) in 1971, and England defeated England 2-1 (5) in 1972-73.