Former India Captain and Coach Ajit Wadekar passed away on August 15 at the age of 77
Former India Captain and Coach Ajit Wadekar passed away on August 15 at the age of 77

The Indian cricketers today wore black armbands on the first day of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge, as a mark of respect to former captain Ajit Wadekar, who passed away on August 15, and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away on August 16.

Earlier yesterday, the team had observed a minute’s silence in memory of the captain who taught India to win overseas. Just before the start of the day’s play, the Indian players, led by Virat Kohli, were seen wearing black armbands in memory of the departed former skipper and the late PM.

Wadekar, who led India to their first away series victory in West Indies and England in 1971, died in Mumbai on August 15 after a prolonged illness. He was 77.

England won the toss and put India in to bat. The home team is leading the five-match series 2-0.