Indian head coach Ravi Shastri led the tributes for former India captain Ajit Wadekar, who passed away late on Wednesday night after prolonged illness. He was 77.

Wadekar led India to their first overseas wins in England and West Indies. He breathed his last at the Jaslok Hospital in South Mumbai.

Wadekar, a left-handed aggressive batsman, was a trailblazer in Indian cricket despite a mere 37 Test appearances, etching his name to the cricket folklore by leading the country to triumphs in England and the West Indies in 1971.

Wadekar scored 2,113 runs in his Test career, including one hundred. He was also India’s first ODI captain, although he appeared in just two matches.

Wadekar also served as India’s manager in the ‘90s during Mohammed Azharuddin’s tenure as captain. He later went on to become the chairman of selectors as well.

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With PTI inputs