Former Indian cricket team skipper Ajit Wadekar breathed his last on Wednesday in Mumbai. He was 77 and was reportedly suffering from cancer and passed away in Jaslok hospital.
The cricketer made his debut in International cricket in 1966 and retired in 1974. He was made the captain of the India team in 1971. Wadekar played 37 matches for India and was the best No. 3 batsman in the history of Indian cricket. The cricketer has scored a total of 2113 runs in his career. He was honoured with Arjuna Award in 1967 and Padmashri in 1972. In the 90s, he was also made the manager of the Indian cricket team.
Under his captaincy, the team had emerged victorious in more than five matches in West Indies in the 1970s, and he also led the team to its first series win against England.
Jaslok hospital released a statement, "Mr. Ajit Wadekar was declared dead on arrival at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre. He had been critically unwell for some time and was seeking treatment for the same."
Ever since the news of his demise was out, condolences have been pouring in not only from the cricketing world but from various other places. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind also extended condolences.
Bollywood celebrities too took to social media to give condolences.
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