Former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar passed away on August 15, 2018, after a prolonged illness. He was 77. Wadekar is survived by his wife Rekha, two sons and a daughter. He was brought to a hospital in South Mumbai where he was declared dead on arrival. The official statement from the hospital read that he had been critically unwell for some time and was seeking treatment for the same.
About Ajit Wadekar:-
1. Ajit Laxman Wadekar was an Indian cricketer who played for the Indian national cricket team between 1966 and 1974. He made his first-class debut in 1958, before making his debut in international cricket in 1966.
2. The feat that made him an icon was when he captained team India to their first overseas Test wins in England and the West Indies in 1971.
3. The aggressive batsman was a trailblazer in Indian cricket despite just 37 Test appearances.
4. In ODIs, he captained India in just two matches and India lost both those ODIs against England, which prompted Wadekar to retire from international cricket in 1974.
5. Overall, Wadekar scored 2,113 runs in his Test career, including one hundred and 14 half centuries, four of those being 90-plus scores.
6. In his tenure as manager, India finished as semifinalists in the 1996 World Cup. He later went on to become the chairman of selectors.
7. Following his retirement from cricket, he went on to serve as India’s manager in the 90s during Mohammed Azharuddin’s captaincy.
8. He was honored with the Arjuna Award in 1967 and Padmashri in 1972, India’s fourth highest civilian honor.