Remembering Ajit Wadekar

Known for his aggressive style of batting, Ajit Wadekar was a trendsetter in
Indian cricket. He only had a mere 37 Test appearances. In those few
appearances, he led India to triumphs in England and the West Indies in 1971.

We pay tributes to a great batsman and wonderful captain who led the Indian
team to some of the most momentous victories in the cricketing history.

Under Wadekar’s captaincy, India created history with their first ever Test series
win against England and the West Indies in 1971. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi had
set the trend for winning on foreign soil and Ajit Wadekar took it to a different
level.

1.    The big names of Indian cricket – Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa
Vishwanath, S Venkatraghavan and Bishen Singh Bedi — made their
debuts under Wadekar’s captaincy and he helped each of them in their
formative years of their career.


2.    Wadekar instilled self-belief in Indian cricket. He believed that winning
Test matches was not enough and the habit of winning consistently away
from home was a challenge the Indian team should learn.


3.    Ajit Wadekar was India’s first captain in the limited-overs format (ODIs).

4.    Apart from Lala Amarnath and Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar is the only
cricketer to have served as captain, manager and selector in Indian cricket.