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Thursday, 16 August 2018 - 15:27
India’s legendary Test captain Ajit Wadekar dies
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Ajit Wadekar, who led India to historic series wins in the West Indies and England in 1971, has died at the age of 77.
 
He had been suffering from a prolonged illness.
 
Wadekar, an aggressive left-hand batsman and an excellent catcher in the slips, played 37 Tests, scoring 2113 runs at an average of 31.07.
 
His one century, a match-winning 143 at Wellington, came during India's 1967-68 tour of New Zealand, where they won a series away from home for the very first time.
 
It was a time when India, led by Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, were growing into a genuine force in world cricket.
 
And it was Wadekar who, with Pataudi sitting out the tour of the West Indies in 1970-71, took over the captaincy, thanks to the casting vote of Vijay Merchant, the chairman of selectors.
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