Ajit Laxman Wadekar, an Indian international cricketer who played for the Indian national team between 1966 and 1974 passed away yesterday (15th august 2018) after elongated ill health. He was brought to a hospital in South Mumbai where he was declared dead on arrival.
Cleped as an “aggressive batsman“, he made his first-class debut in 1958, before making his incursion into international cricket in 1966. He batted at number three and was considered to be one of the finest slip fielders. Wadekar also captained the Indian cricket team which won series in the West Indies and England in 1971.
Ajit Laxman Wadekar was esteemed with the Arjuna award, organized by the Government of India to pick out the sporting talents. In 1972, he received the Padmashri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour. Other awards include CK Nayudu Lifetime achievement award,Sportsperson of the Year,and the Castrol Lifetime Achievement award.
After retiring from cricket, Wadekar also worked as coach of the Indian cricket team during the 1990s alongside Mohammad Azharuddin.
Note of condolence was tweeted by President of india- Ram Nath kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ,BCCI, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Boman Irani and many more.