Ajit Laxman Wadekar

Ajit Laxman Wadekar

Born: 1 April 1941, Bombay
Major Teams: Mumbai, India.
Known As: Ajit Wadekar
Batting Style: Left Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left Arm Orthodox, Left Arm Medium


An aggressive left handed batsman who became slightly bogged down by responsibility, Ajit Wadekar's name will forever be linked with the `India Rubber Year' of 1971 when he led the Indian team to historic triumphs in the West Indies and England. Wadekar made his first class debut in 1958-59 but had to wait eight years before playing his first match for India in 1966-67, despite a string of big scores around the domestic circuit. But he took little time to establish himself in the Indian team and was a tower of strength to the Indian batting for seven years, playing scintillating or valuable knocks depending upon the state of the game. He was one of the best No 3 batsmen in the history of Indian cricket and one of the finest slip fielders. 

Vijay Merchant's casting vote as chairman of the selection committee ended MAK Pataudi's long reign as Indian captain and handed over the leadership to Wadekar in January 1971. He proved himself to be a capable captain if not a shrewd tactician and a combination of circumstances, and a fair share of good fortune, saw India first beat West Indies and then England. A third successive series triumph over England, this time at home, followed in 1972-73 and Wadekar was at his peak as batsman and captain and he led the Indian team to England in 1974. What followed was anti climax. All three Tests were lost by margins that brooked no argument in what went down as the inglorious `Summer of 42'. Made a scapegoat for the disaster, Wadekar was forced to retire. Almost three decades later he renewed his association with Indian cricket as a successful manager of victorious Indian teams, striking a particularly good working relationship with Md Azharuddin.

Test Debut: India v West Indies at Bombay, 1st Test, 1966/67
Last Test: India v England at Birmingham, 3rd Test, 1974

ODI Debut: India v England at Leeds, Prudential Trophy, 1974
Last ODI: India v England at The Oval, Prudential Trophy, 1974

Career Statistics:

                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   37   71   3  2113  143   31.07   1  14   46   0

                       O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI   5 10    SR  Econ
Bowling               10.1    1    55    0    -     -     0  0    -   5.40

                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding    2    2   0    73   67   36.50   0   1    1   0

                       O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI  4w 5w    SR  Econ
Bowling                -      -     -    -    -     -     -  -    -    -

 (career: 1958/59 - 1974/75)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100s   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  237  360  33 15380  323   47.03   36  271   0

                       R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10
Bowling              908   21  43.23  2-0     0   0

 (career: 1973/74 - 1974)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding    5    4   1   193   87   64.33   0   2    3   0

                      O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling               -      -     -    -    -     -      -   -    -    -


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