India’s touring party prepares in Nottingham for the third Test against England which is all set to begin from this Saturday, but before that the sudden demise of the former cricket player of India, declared, of the Ajit Wadekar.

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Ajit Wadekar was 77, and he was connected and associated with the best of times for Indian cricket, and the worst of times.

Under the leadership of the late cricketer Ajit Wadekar, India won their first Test series in England in 1971. He was lucky in that India would have gone 2-0 down in the three-match series because of the rain, but it was still a huge triumph when his team managed to won the 3rd Test at the Oval, and the series 1-0, as England had Raymond Illingworth for captain and the duo had regained the Ashes the preceding winter in Australia.

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This achievement, coupled with Wadekar’s 1-0 victory over West Indies in the Caribbean earlier in 1971, which also helped India to be hailed as the world Test champions for the first time.

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Though the team India did not win a Test series against Australia in Australia in that era – they have yet to do so – but in 1972-3, they defeated England again in India.

Ajit Wadekar was also blessed to have some good cricketers on his command, which includes, Sunil Gavaskar.

In the West Indies Gavaskar unreeled Bradmanesque scores, In his debut series, against a West Indian attack which is because of the lacked serious fast bowling, even if Wadekar himself was only an unassuming success at the 3 number.

He averaged 31 in Tests, he was A lefthanded batsman but managed to score only one century.

Wadekar also had four of the best all-time spinners at his command in Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Bishan Bedi, Srini Venkataraghavan and Erapalli Prasanna – and a mercurial all-rounder who also bowled spin in Salim Durrani, these all were also helpful in deciding the game in Port-of-Spain and for the winning also.

No captain has ever had such skills at his command as Wadekar – at the Oval in 1971, Chandrasekhar being his match-winner.

He also managed to inherit the first good fielding side that India ever had, one that had been thrash into shape by his instantaneous predecessor, Nawab of Pataudi junior.

The bat-pad chances which his spinners generated were scooped up by Eknath Solkar at short-leg and by Wadekar himself.

Somehow, in 1974, India toured England in which there was lost all three Tests and was dismissed for their lowest Test total of 42 at Lord’s, which actually affected Wadekar’s cricket career but Ajit Wadekar most of the time proved himself worthy in the Indian Cricket team.

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