Mumbai : Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Friday paid rich tributes to Ajit Wadekar and said the demise of the former India captain was an “irreparable and personal loss” for him. Wadekar passed away at a South Mumbai hospital on August 15 at the age of 77 after prolonged illness.
“This is an irreparable loss. I will say it is a personal loss. People know Wadekar sir as a great cricketer, but I was fortunate enough to see him as a great cricketer as well as a wonderful person.
“For me he was very important. Over the years our relationship grew stronger,” Tendulkar said while paying his last respects to the departed soul here.
Tendulkar fondly remembered Wadekar’s contribution in shaping up his career. “Wadekar sir has a big contribution in my life, especially at a critical stage.
“I was a 20-year-old youngster at that time and it was easy for me to go off the track,” he said.
“At that time I needed the guidance of an experienced person, who himself had played and performed at that level. He understood how to bring the best out of the players. I was personally benefited by his presence in the team.”