11 Facts About Ajit Wadekar


Ajit Laxman Wadekar was an Indian international cricketer who played for the Indian national team between 1966 and 1974.


Ajit Wadekar batted at number three and was considered to be one of the finest slip fielders.


Ajit Wadekar captained the Indian cricket team which won series in the West Indies and England in 1971.


Ajit Wadekar was working in State Bank of India as part-time job as at that time there was not much money in cricket and so cricket was played for hobby, maintaining the pride of the nation rather than having a luxury life or as a profession.


Ajit Wadekar continued to be the captain of the Indian team that toured England in 1974.


Ajit Wadekar represented India in its first ever One Day International game during that tour.


Batting at number three, Ajit Wadekar made 67 runs, but still ended on the losing side.

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Ajit Wadekar scored 73 runs in his ODI career at an average of 36.50 with a strike rate of 81.11.


Ajit Wadekar served as the manager of the Indian cricket team in the 1990s, alongside captain Mohammad Azharuddin.


On 15 August 2018, Ajit Wadekar died due to illness at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, at the age of 78.


Ajit Wadekar was honoured with the Arjuna Award, instituted by the Government of India to recognise sporting talents.