Mumbai: Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who led the Indian cricket team to historic test series victories in West Indies and England in 1971, has died at the age of 77 after a prolonged illness.
The left-handed batsman scored 2,113 runs at an average of 31.07 in 37 tests with a hundred and 14 half-centuries.
"With a heavy heart we bid adieu to Ajit Wadekar. The former India captain is no more," the Indian cricket board said on its official twitter handle.
"Cricketer, Coach, Manager and Chairman of Selectors - Mr Wadekar served Indian cricket in many different ways."
Wadekar is best remembered for captaining the Indian team to a 1-0 series win in the Caribbean in 1971 and then beating England by the same margin later in the year.
Condolence messages from several corners poured in for the late cricketer. Ravi Shastri, current head coach for the Indian cricket team tweeted, "Sad moment for Indian cricket to lose one of its most successful captains. Shrewd to the core. Condolences to the entire family #TeamIndia #RIPAjitWadekar."