MUMBAI: Former Mumbai wicketkeeper and coach Sulakshan Kulkarni has requested the Mumbai Cricket Affiliation (MCA) to call a stand on the iconic Wankhede Stadium after ex-India captain Ajit Wadekar. The MCA had on Tuesday determined to call a number of […]
In a fb submit on Thursday, Kulkarni stated: “It will be nice to see that the Wankhede Stadium stands are named after the three dwelling legends of Kars (Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Vengsarkar). It will be nice to see if they will add yet another Kar on the Wankhede Stadium, who has not solely made Mumbai proud, however the nation as properly. He’s none apart from the late Ajit Wadekar.”
Kulkarni referred to as Wadekar “the primary celebrity of Indian cricket.” “Wadekar’s most interesting triple hundred for Mumbai (vs Karnataka) got here towards the very best spinners on the earth – Erapalli Prasanna and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar – and was an affidavit of his class. Aside from main India to 3 abroad Check sequence wins, he was the one Mumbai captain to steer Mumbai to 4 consecutive Ranji Trophy triumphs. His contribution as a participant, captain, chairman of the nationwide choice committee, India coach after which as an MCA administrator was simply wonderful. To me, he was the primary celebrity of Indian cricket.”
Kulkarni lauded the MCA’s choice to call a stand after Vengsarkar. “My heartiest congratulations to former India and Mumbai captain Dilip Vengsarkar for a stand to be named after him on the iconic Wankhede stadium. This floor has many excellent reminiscences. The primary Check in 1974-75 was the decider towards robust West Indies when each India and WI had 2-2 win. West Indies gained this Check and the sequence however Wankhede Stadium shall be remembered because the decider.
“Then India lifting the World Cup in 2011 beneath Dhoni on the similar venue. I keep in mind Vengsarkar scored a superb hundred at this venue towards the all-time tempo assault (of the West Indies) of all time. A full of life pitch, which had good bounce and carry, on the Wankhede Stadium, was at all times going to assist our opponents greater than the hosts. West Indies had Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall & co. That innings nonetheless stays in my thoughts as one the very best performed by Vengsarkar.
“The Wankhede Stadium has at all times been my favorite floor since I’ve performed and witnessed many Ranji Trophy & Irani Cup matches with Mumbai group together with the greats of the sport like Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Tendulkar and many others. I’m additionally glad to know that the MCA has named part of the North Stand after Vengsarkar. North Stand has probably the most educated crowds. I’ve witnessed this on many events. North Stand contains maidan cricketers, cricket followers with nice cricketing sense and nice observers of the sport. I keep in mind that whereas taking part in within the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai, if somebody made any mistake or wasn’t giving his 100% within the match, it’s the North Stand crowd which used to ‘wake’ that specific participant or group up.
“Vengsarkar rightly deserves this honour and I congratulate the MCA Apex Council for recognizing his contribution to Mumbai cricket and to the sport,” praised Kulkarni.