Ajit Wadekar: Former India captain dies aged 77

Ajit Wadekar batting at The Oval in 1971
After leading India to their first Test series win in England, Wadekar captained them in their first ODI in 1974

Former India Test and one-day international captain Ajit Wadekar has died at the age of 77.

The left-handed batsman, who led India to triumphs in England and West Indies in 1971, scored 2,113 runs in 37 Test matches between 1966 and 1974.

Wadekar later served as coach, manager and chairman of selectors for India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wadekar was "a great batsman and wonderful captain" who made a "rich contribution to Indian cricket".

"He led our team to some of the most memorable victories in our cricketing history", Modi posted on Twitter.

Current India head coach Ravi Shastri said it was "a sad moment for Indian cricket".

Narenda Modi tweets about the death of Ajit Wadekar
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the former batsman
Ravi Shastri tweets about the death of Ajit Wadekar
Ravi Shastri, head coach of the Indian cricket team, also tweeted his condolences

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