The Hush Post: Former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, 77, is no more. Wadekar played for India between 1966 and 1974. Known for his aggressive batting style, Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958, before he debuted in international cricket in 1966.
He was suffering from cancer and breathed his last at the Jaslok hospital.
He batted at number three and was considered to be one of the finest slip fielders of his times.
Wadekar captained the Indian cricket team which won the series in England and West Indies. He was later honoured with Arjuna Award and Padmashri.
Born in Mumbai, he wanted to become an engineer but strayed into cricket, fortunately for the country.
He played 37 Test matches for India and scored 2113 runs with one century and 14 half-centuries to his credit. He also played two ODI Internationals and made one half-century.
Later in his career, he served as the manager of the Indian cricket team in the 1990s when Mohammad Azharuddin captained the team.
Apart from Lala Amarnath and Chandu Borde, he is the only one to have played, coached and been the manager of the team.