Former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday due to prolonged illness.

The left-hander led India to their first-ever Test series victories in England (1-0) and West Indies (1-0) in 1971.

Wadekar was the first captain to achieve a hat-trick of Test series wins as India defeated England at home 2-1 in 1972-73 after two successful tours abroad.

The Mumbaikar made his international debut in 1966 and played 37 Tests scoring 2,113 runs with one century and 14 fifties. He was India’s first ODI captain and featured only in two 50-over internationals.

He retired in 1974 after India were whitewashed 0-3 by hosts England where the visitors were bundled out for a record low of 42 in second Test at Lord's. He was removed as captain following the humiliating loss and resulted in him quitting the game.

Later, in 1992, Wadekar was appointed as India’s manager (coach). He also served as chairman of the national selection committee. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) honoured him with CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former cricketers and fans paid rich tributes to Wadekar, on social media.