Former Indian cricket team Test captain, Ajit Wadekar died at the age of 77 in Mumbai after a prolonged battle with cancer. Wadekar, the left-hander was popularly known for leading the side to Test victories over West Indies and England on foreign soil in the 1970s.
Virat Kohli's cricket team who are currently in England for on-going England test series paid their homage by maintaining a two-minute silence at the iconic Lord’s cricket grround.
Indian team condole the sad demise of the former Indian Cricket captain.
Team India won over five matches in the West Indies in the early 1970s, under Wadekar's captaincy. Later India also defeated England in a three-match series. He led India to a third successive series victory, beating England cricket team once again – this time, 2–1 in a five-match series in 1972–73.
However, post his retirement, Wadekar also served as the manager of the Indian cricket team in the 1990s, alongside captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Wadekar was one of the few Indian cricketers to represent the country as a Test player, captain, coach/manager and the chairman of selectors.
Popular sports anchor Harsha Bhogle pays his condolences to the veteran cricketer. "So many memories of Ajit Wadekar. None more powerful than leading India to series wins in 1971 in England and the West Indies. Much admired, much loved. Page in Indian cricket and in our memories," he tweeted.