For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former India captains Mohammed Azharuddin and Anil Kumble found a “father figure” in Ajit Wadekar. The legendary player mentored struggling captain and a stressed leg spinner during his days of international cricket. After prolonged illness Wadekar, 77, passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday. It was under Wadekar that struggling captain Azharuddin, got a second chance from 1993 to 1996 having lost Test series in New Zealand, England and Australia ALSO READ | Ajit Wadekar: Man who made Indian captaincy coveted“such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family,” Azharuddin tweeted. Wadekar was a blessing for Kumble after getting dropped post 1990 tour of England. His comeback coincided with Wadekar’s entry as manager during the 1992-93 tour of South Africa. Till his retirement in 2008, Kumble was never dropped for the next 16 years. Kumble tweeted “Deeply saddened by the passing away of #AjitWadekar He was more than a coach to the entire team – a father figure and a shrewd tactician. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed. Thank you Sir, for the confidence shown in my ability!”. Famous cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi also praised Wadekar. “V sad news-Ajit Wadekar passing away-only Indn Capt to win 3 series in a row-2 away 1 at home-ALW was good contemporary-we had differences of (sic) opinion but always respected glory of (sic) Crkt-fine batsman & great close in catch-served Indn Crkt w/aplomb as player/Selectr/Coach-RIP Jeetu!” wrote Bedi on his twitter page. Wadekar was a “tough character” for Sanjay Manjrekar as coach. Earlier, Majrekar had tweeted a video of Wadekar in cricket gears one last time during a charity match at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Mumbai. ALSO READ | Remove all-rounder tag from Hardik Pandya, says Harbhajan Singh “Ajit Wadekar’s impact on Indian cricket is huge. His contemporaries worshipped him, such was his aura. Found him to be a tough character as coach. Exceptional Indian cricketer… RIP Sir.” tweeted Sanjay Manjrekar.
Liverpool have been rocked by the news striker Danny Ings is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury.Ings, who joined the Reds from Burnley in the summer, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in training on Wednesday and is facing around six to eight months on the sidelines.That timescale will also leave him fighting to be fit for next summer’s European Championship finals, having made his debut for England against Lithuania earlier this week.The news comes as a further blow to new Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp, who has already lost Joe Gomez to a serious injury this week.Ings’ hopes of being involved in Roy Hodgson’s squad for next summer’s tournament in France are now in serious jeopardy.He will definitely miss the friendlies with Spain and France next month and is unlikely to be available for the clash with Germany next March. 1 Danny Ings