Mumbai: Former India captain Ajit Wadekar will be honoured with the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wadekar will receive the award at the annual BCCI Awards Ceremony in Chennai December 10. The award will comprise a trophy, a citation and cheque for Rs.15 lakh.
Wadekar made his first-class debut for Mumbai in the late fifties. He began his Test career against Garry Sobers' West Indies in the 1966-67 season, and established himself in the national side with an innings of 67 in the third Test of the series at Chennai.
The following year, Wadekar was a member of Tiger Pataudi's team that beat New Zealand 3-1, and registered India's first-ever Test series win overseas. Wadekar's appointment as captain in early 1971 was a turning point in the history of Indian cricket.
He led India to consecutive series wins against the formidable West Indies and England on their home turf. This was an unprecedented achievement, for never before had India won a Test, leave alone a series, in the Caribbean and England. He retired from international and first-class cricket in 1974.
He was manager of the Indian team from 1992-93 to 1995-96, and chairman of the senior selection committee in 1998-99. Wadekar represented India in 37 Tests, and scored 2113 runs. He scored 15,380 runs from 237 first-class matches, and led Mumbai to Ranji Trophy triumphs in 1968-69, 1969-70, 1971-72 and 1972-73.