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.
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.
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.
Ajit Wadekar: The Veteran Cricketer Of India Passes Away!
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.
— Chetan Chauhan (@ChetanChauhanCr) August 16, 2018
Deeply saddened by the passing away of #AjitWadekar He was more than a coach to the entire team – a father figure and a shrewd tactician. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed. Thank you Sir for the confidence shown in my ability! 🙏
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 16, 2018
Extremely saddened by the demise of stylish batsman & former India cricket captain, Shri Ajit Wadekar who led India to historic series triumphs against England & West Indies in 1971. Heartfelt condolences to bereaved family members. #AjitWadekar pic.twitter.com/fdTkAhfPqo
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 16, 2018
#AjitWadekar , one of India's finest Test Cricketer and the architect of two historic series wins in 1971 is no more.
Deeply saddened to hear the news of his demise.
Om Shanti pic.twitter.com/vveDwoT7MS
— জয়দীপ 🇮🇳 (@Joydeep_911) August 16, 2018
Deeply saddened by the news of the demise of #AjitWadekar. One of India’s finest left handers and the captain who led India to victories in England & West Indies in 1971. Sir, your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense. Condolences to your family. RIP. 🙏
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) August 16, 2018
Tributes are pouring in for Ajit Wadekar following his passing. He was 77. https://t.co/D2h5hoOC6m
— Twitter Moments India (@MomentsIndia) August 15, 2018
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) August 16, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. We’ll always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time. 🙏 RIP pic.twitter.com/coSyac73ot
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2018
REST IN PEACE #AjitWadekar ji. You will always be remembered as one of the finest captain in the history of Indian cricket. My Heartfelt condolences to family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/QUM9JnwjbG
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) August 16, 2018
#AjitWadekar sir .. such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family..@BCCI pic.twitter.com/xLMb2i82B2
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) August 15, 2018
Really sad to hear about Ajit Wadekar’s demise…will always be remembered as the first man who led India to victories in West Indies and England in 1971. Cricketing world will miss you Sir. R.I.P.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 16, 2018
A rare Cricketer, Captain, Coach, Manager and Chairman of Selectors – a truly great servant of Indian Cricket. Heartfelt condolences to family and loved ones. Om Shanti Ajit Wadekar Sir 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/67UVcvJUK9
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 16, 2018
Shocked to hear about the demise Ajit Wadekar Sir!
My deepest condolences to his family and friends
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 16, 2018
Extremely sad to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar sir. May his soul rest in peace 🙏🏼
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 16, 2018
Great lose to the Cricket fraternity.. my condolences to his whole family RIP Ajit Wadekar sir
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 16, 2018
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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