Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who led the team to path-breaking Test wins in England and the West Indies, passed away today after prolonged illness.

He was 77 and is survived by his wife Rekha, two sons and a daughter.

Wadekar was brought to a hospital in South Mumbai today where he was declared dead on arrival.

His last rites will be performed on Friday, a member of the Wadekar family, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.

“He had been critically unwell for sometime and was seeking treatment for the same,” read the statement from the Jaslok Hospital.