Former Indian Test Captain Ajit Wadekar expired at 77. After retirement from his cricket career, he served as the selector and coach for Indian cricket team. He passed away yesterday due to a prolonged ailment. He is the first captain to hand India a test series victory against England and West Indies. In his long career, he slammed 2113 runs from 37 tests at an average of 31.07. He slammed his first test hundred against New Zealand at Wellington in 1968. In Australia, he slammed 99 runs at MCG in 1967-68.
In that innings, Indians managed to score 352 runs in the second Innings.
In England, in a tough situation of follow-on, India managed to post the score of 510 runs against England by contributions of MAK Pataudi and Wadekar. Wadekar is one of the sturdy batsmen at No.3.
He is India’s 16th Test Captain and led the team for 16 tests. In his captaincy, India won four test matches and lost four matches. After they lost a series against England by 3-0 in 1974, he stepped down from the position of the captain. He is responsible to clinch five-test series against West Indies with a lead of 1-0.
He is the captain of two ODIs at the end of England tour in 1974. He made his first-class debut in 1958 for Mumbai. His highest first-class average came up in 1964-65. He played a single first-class game at Saurashtra before his retirement in 1974.
His highest first-class score is 323 against Mysore. He made his test debut against West Indies at Brabourne Stadium in December in 1966. He ended his first-class career with a score of 15380 runs at an average of 47.30 and picked 21 wickets. He worked as the manager for the Indian cricket team between 1992-93 and 1996 World Cup seasons.