Mumbai: Ajit Laxman Wadekar passed away on Wednesday at the age of 77 years. He was a former international cricketer who played for India between 1966 and 1974.
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted to offer his condolences:
Sad at the passing of Ajit Wadekar, one of Indian cricket’s finest left-handed batsman and captain during the iconic overseas test victories in 1971 in the Caribbean and England. Condolences to his family and to the cricket fraternity #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 15, 2018
The “agressive batsman” as he was called, made his first-class debut in 1958. Then he made his debut in international cricket in 1966. He was ranked at number three and became one of the finest slip fielders.
Ajit Wadekar was the captain of the Indian cricket team and under his leadership, the team won the series in England and West Indies.
The former captain was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1967 and Padmashri in 1972 by the Indian government. Padmashri is India’s fourth highest civilian honour.