Wadekar cremated with full state honours

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Aug 2018 11:12:32


 

MUMBAI,

(PTI),

FORMER India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who died on August 15, was cremated at the Shivaji Park crematorium here on Friday with full state honours. Wadekar, who had led India to its first victory in West Indies and England in 1971, had passed away at a South Mumbai hospital after prolonged illness.

Wadekar served Indian cricket in different capacities —as manager, coach and a selector. A batsman par excellence, he was also the first to captain India in the One-Day Internationals. Wadekar’s body was kept at his Worli residence this morning for his well-wishers to pay their tributes. BCCI General Manager (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim also paid tributes on behalf of the Cricket Board. Politicians cutting across party lines, including Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut also offered their prayers.

Wadekar’s demise as irreparable, personal loss: Tendulkar


CRICKET legend Sachin Tendulkar on Friday paid rich tributes to Ajit Wadekar and said the demise of the former India captain was an “irreparable and personal loss” for him. “This is an irreparable loss. I will say it is a personal loss. People know Wadekar sir as a great cricketer, but I was fortunate enough to see him as a great cricketer as well as a wonderful person. For me he was very important. Over the years our relationship grew stronger,” Tendulkar said while paying his last respects to the departed soul here.

Tendulkar fondly remembered Wadekar’s contribution in shaping up his career. “Wadekar sir has a big contribution in my life, especially at a critical stage. I was a 20-year-old youngster at that time and it was easy for me to go off the track,” he said.

“At that time I needed the guidance of an experienced person, who himself had played and performed at that level. He understood how to bring the best out of the players. I was personally benefited by his presence in the team. He wore multiple hats —a great captain, coach and more importantly as my friend. I could sit with him in the evening for hours and talk about anything.”