Our Founder President

Shri Ajit Wadekar

Shri Ajit Wadekar had illustrious career, he has brought glory and honour to Country in the field of Cricket. He made his debut in Bombay Team in 1958-59 and began Test career in 1966. He had unique distinction of being a member of the winning Ranji Bombay team for 16 years. He played 41 test matches for India till 1974. He remains the best no. 3 batsman of his time. His name shall always be associated with the success he achieved when he became the 1st Indian captain to have led the Indian team to historic victory against West Indies & England in their home countries.

Ajit Wadekar has been one of those unique cricketers who not only served India as a Cricketer and Captain but also as a coach, manager [the longest serving cricket manager in India] and Chairman of the selection committee. A feat achieved by very few eminent cricketers like Late Lala Amernath and Shri Chandu Borde. He was also the president of the All India Veteran Cricket Association. He held the Vice president position for the Mumbai Cricket Association for 6 years.

Ajit Wadekar has been the recipient of many awards, the most recent being his induction into the Cricket Hall of Fame 'for distinguished and unparalleled cricketing career on National and International levels' on 2nd Oct.2010, at Hartford, CT, USA. He won highest sports awards, the Arjuna award, the Padmashree award, the Shiv Chhatrapati Purskar, the Best Sportsperson Award of Bombay University in 2010 since its inception 155 years back. He was also honoured with Lt. col C. K, Naidu Life Time Award.

Further, in appreciation of Ajit's sterling contribution to society and to sports in particular, Ruia College Alumni Association, the principal and the Management have conferred on him the title 'JEWEL OF RUIA 2010'.

His noticeable contribution in the Banking profession has earned him a place in the Planning commission review committee of Government of INDIA in early part of 2010.

He is also the founder President of All India Cricket Association for Physically challenged since 1982. His social work has been recognized by the competent International authorities and honoured him with the prestigious Mother Teresa in 2010.