Remembering Ajit Laxman Wadekar...

Former India captain Ajit Wadekar breathed his last on Wednesday. Aged 77, Wadekar was suffering from a prolonged illness.

Ajit Wadekar hits England's Derek Underwood to the boundary during the first innings of the third cricket Test match at Oval on August 21, 1971. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
Wadekar receiving the prestigious Padma Shri from former President V.V. Giri at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 25, 1972. He was honoured for his able leadership in the Indian cricket team's Test victory against West Indies and England. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES.
L.R. Gibbs of West Indies being caught by Wadekar off B.S. Chandrasekhar on the final day of the first cricket Test match at the Brabourne Stadium in Bombay on December 18, 1966. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
Ajit Wadekar and Sunil Gavaskar taking a stroll in the rain during the 1971 tour of England. Photo: THE HINDU PHOTO ARCHIVES
Bishen Singh Bedi being introduced to Queen Elizabeth by Wadekar. Photo: THE HINDU PHOTO ARCHIVES
"He was a symbol of everything that was nice!" says former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin of Wadekar. Photo: The Sportstar
Wadekar hooking E.W. Freeman during his knock on the fourth day of the fourth cricket Test match between India and Australia at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta on December 16, 1969. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
Wadekar of India hones his batting skills during a practice session in 1973. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
Ajit Wadekar drives A.W. Greig for a four on the opening day of the fifth and final cricket Test match between India and England at the Brabourne Stadium in Bombay on February 06, 1973. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
Captains of the historic 1971 India's tour to West Indies, Sir Garfield Sobers and Ajit Wadekar at the press conference in Mumbai on March 03, 2010. Photo: VIVEK BENDRE
Ajit Wadekar with the Castrol Lifetime Achievement in Cricket Trophy, at the Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence function in Bangalore on August 29, 2012. Photo: PTI
Ajit Wadekar being felicitated by the Mumbai Cricket Association president Ashish Shelar (right) and Sharad Pawar, on the eve of Mumbai’s 500th Ranji Trophy match against Baroda in Mumbai on November 08, 2017. Photo: VIVEK BENDRE
Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis felicitates Ajit Wadekar at the beginning of an exhibition cricket match Twenty20 cricket match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 24, 2018. Photo: VIVEK BENDRE
S S Narayan (Football, 1956 Melbourne and 1960 Rome Olympian), M.Somaya (Gold medal at Moscow Olympics 1980, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988, Captain), Ajit Wadekar (former India cricket captain) and Kamlesh Mehta (Two-time Olympian, 1988 Seoul and Barcelona 1992) at the relaunch of Sportstar in Mumbai. Photo: Paul Noronha