But all this started and was made possible by the tactically adept Ajit Wadekar. During the time of war when India was engulfed in the fires that burned from the ashes of her sons, one of those sons with a bunch of a few good men went on a voyage to defeat and set the record straight, uncharacteristic of its nature but with fire in their bellies and a dream that was to be respected and to be a deserving one at that. Even though, the series of England and West Indies turned out not to be of personal satisfaction, but it rejuvenated and gave hope to the team that it so long desired and longed for.He also gave India and its cricket team some of the sport’s most cherished players whose name will be forever entwined with the destiny and history of the Indian Cricket Team. It also sparked a revolution among the Indian cricket fanatics who were to witness probably there most competitive and tenacious team assembled which were to receive its attainment in 1983 cricket world cup. The journey from being trained under the famous Mumbai batsmanship lineage to a chief selector and then the Indian cricket team coach, one should not forget the contribution of the man who gave the team its legs to run and the spirit to contend, eventually overcome the nasty but a fruitful to road to the victories to come.
The current Indian set up should obviously take inspiration from these glories of the past and not bother about the missed opportunities anymore, as these heartbreaking losses have been far and wide in between but these superstars of today breathe to bask in the glory and get their names etched in the turbulent but celebrated history of the Indian cricket team and its overseas triumphs which started with a few determined men and a fearless captain at its helm.