Indian cricket legend Ajit Wadekar no more

Ajit Wadekar, who captained India to their memorable series wins in the West Indies and England in 1971, has died at the age of 77.

Wadekar, a hard-hitting left-handed batsman and a brilliant close-in fielder during heydays of his career spanning 1966-74, had been suffering from a prolonged illness.

Wadekar played 37 Tests scoring 2,113 runs at an average of 31.07. He took over as India captain from legendary Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and led them to win against West Indies and England in two consecutive away-series propelling the Indians as a genuine force in world cricket for the first time.

In December 2011, the BCCI conferred him with the C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.