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Ajit Laxman Wadekar was a former Indian cricketer who played for the Indian national team between 1966 and 1974. Wadekar made his First-class debut in 1958-59 for Bombay (present-day Mumbai) before making his foray into international cricket eight years later in 1966. On December 13, 1966, he made his Test debut against the West Indies at Mumbai. In 1971, Wadekar was made the captain of the Indian cricket team. He helped India to win the series in the West Indies and England in 1971, which was the first victory of the Indian team in Test cricket outside India. His ODI debut came much later against England at Leeds in July 1974.
He is one of the few Indians who has represented the country as a Test player, captain, coach, manager, and the chairman of selectors. Wadekar was a spectacular left-hand batsman and also a fine fielder in the slips. In 1967, he was honoured with the Arjuna Award and Padmashri in 1972, which is India's fourth highest civilian honour. On August 15, 2018, at the age of 77, he died at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai due to an illness.
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