oppn parties Ajit Wadekar, Master Tactician, RIP

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  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Ajit Wadekar, Master Tactician, RIP

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Sunil Garodia By our team of in-house writers.
Ajit Laxman Wadekar, under whose captaincy India won two back-to-back overseas series in 1971, is no more. If Indian cricket can be divided into two distinct phases, it has to be pre-1971 and post-1971. In 1971, Ajit Wadekar was handed over the reins of Team India. His first assignment was the West Indies tour. The team won the five-Test series 1-0 against a star-studded West Indies team. Ajit Wadekar was credited with uniting a team of experienced but egotistic players and talented youngsters into a unit that did not give up easily. That series also gave India two stars in Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Vishwanath and reaffirmed the capabilites of Dilip Sardesai.

Next was England. England at that time was the best team in the world, not having lost in 24 Test matches. Further, there was the usual technical flaw of the Indians against the fast, seaming and moving ball. Most experts believed England would thrash India easily. But backed by solid batting from Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Sardesai and mesmerizing googly bowling by BS Chandrasekhar (whose inclusion in the team was called a “calculated gamble” by chief selector Vijay Merchant), India defeated the Englishmen by 1-0. It was India’s first series win in England and Wadekar’s captaincy was lauded by all. When England toured India in 1972-73, they were beaten again 2-1. But Wadekar captaincy ended on a sour note as India lost badly in the 1974 series in England, with the team getting out for just 42 runs in the second innings of the second Test at Lord’s. Wadekar retired from international cricket in disappointment.

It was during Wadekar’s stint as captain that the famed Indian spinning trio of Chandrasekhar, Prasanna and Bedi, or quartet if one includes S Venkatraghvan, took roots. It was also during his time that Sunil Gavaskar made known to one and all that India could produce an opener who could score centuries on all grounds and in all conditions against the best bowling in the world. But more than that, Wadekar infused the team with a fighting spirit and made players believe that they could win overseas, something that India has not mastered even now. His was an immense contribution to Indian cricket.