Top leaders from the Indian government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and President Ramnath Kovind joined Indian cricketers to pay tributes to the former India skipper Ajit Wadekar on Wednesday.
The leaders took to social media to offer their condolences and remember his contribution to Indian cricket. On Twitter, they posted:
Ajit Wadekar will be remembered for his rich contribution to Indian cricket. A great batsman & wonderful captain, he led our team to some of the most memorable victories in our cricketing history. He was also respected as an effective cricket administrator. Pained by his demise.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2018
Sad at the passing of Ajit Wadekar, one of Indian cricket’s finest left-handed batsman and captain during the iconic overseas test victories in 1971 in the Caribbean and England. Condolences to his family and to the cricket fraternity #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 15, 2018
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was also shocked to hear about his death.
“We lost a great cricket player, first Indian captain to achieve overseas wins, aggressive batsman and an allrounder. My deepest condolences to his family, friend and fans! ” he said.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) remembered Wadekar for his multiple roles in his cricketing journey.
With a heavy heart we bid adieu to Ajit Wadekar. The former India captain is no more. Cricketer, Coach, Manager and Chairman of Selectors – Mr Wadekar served Indian cricket in many different ways. pic.twitter.com/6zdFtleXB9
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 15, 2018
Team India coach also remembered the former skipper. He posted an image of his team India manager to express his condolences.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 15, 2018
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