Ajit Wadekar brought out the best in us in 1990s: Sachin Tendulkar


first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Thursday paid tribute to former India captain Ajit Wadekar, who passed away at an age of 77.Wadekar breathed his last at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital on Wednesday. The former left-handed batsman, who will always be remembered as one of the greatest captains to have led the Indian cricket team, was Indian cricket team’s manager from 1992 to 1996. He was also appointed as India’s chairman of selectors in 1998.Wadekar is believed to be have played a pivotal role in turning around Tendulkar’s career by asking him to open the innings in ODIs during the tour of New Zealand in 1994. The decision to move Tendulkar to the top of India’s batting order proved to be extremely successful, as the batting maestro went on to become the greatest limited-overs cricketer.In his tribute, Tendulkar wrote: “Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. Well always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time. RIP.”Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. Well always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time. RIP pic.twitter.com/coSyac73otSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2018Mohammed Azharuddin, who was India’s captain during Wadekar’s tenure as India manager, tweeted: “#AjitWadekar sir .. such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family..”advertisement#AjitWadekar sir .. such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the [email protected] pic.twitter.com/xLMb2i82B2Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) August 15, 2018Deeply saddened by the news of the demise of #AjitWadekar. One of Indias finest left handers and the captain who led India to victories in England & West Indies in 1971. Sir, your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense. Condolences to your family. RIP.Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) August 16, 2018Wadekar played 37 Tests for India and scored 2113 runs including one hundred and 14 half-centuries at an average of 31.07.READ – Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar dies aged 77Wadekar led India to historic series triumphs in the West Indies and England in 1971. An aggressive left-handed batsman, Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958-59 but did not play for India until 1966-67.READ – Farewell Ajit Wadekar: Captain Courageous, Gutsy ManagerWadekar took over as captain of the Indian team from MAK Pataudi and proved to be a good leader of men. After leading the country to memorable series wins in the West Indies and England, Wadekar oversaw another series win over England in 1972-73, at home.last_img

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