Former India Test batsman and Mumbai cricket stalwart Madhav Apte passes away at 86

Madhav Apte scored 3,336 runs from 67 First-class matches, including six hundreds and 16 fifties. His highest first class score was 165 not out.

Press Trust of India, Sep 23, 2019 11:27:44 IST

Mumbai: Veteran cricketer Madhav Apte died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Monday morning, a family member said.

He was 86.

The former India and Mumbai opener was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital where he breathed his last at 6.09 am, his son Vaman Apte told PTI.

Former India Test batsman and Mumbai cricket stalwart Madhav Apte passes away at 86

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Madhav Apte played seven Tests in which he scored 542 runs, with a lone hundred and three fifties to his credit. His highest score was 163 not out.

He had a much better first class record where he scored 3,336 runs from 67 matches, including six hundreds and 16 fifties. His highest first class score was 165 not out.

He made his Test debut against Pakistan at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai in November 1952 and played his last Test against West Indies in Kingston in April 1953.

In his debut Test, he made 30 and 10 not out, respectively.

He was the first Indian opener to aggregate over 400 runs in a Test series (460 runs against West Indies in 1953).

He also captained Mumbai in domestic cricket.

Madhav Apte was assigned as the opening batsman by legendary Vinoo Mankad.

He played along with several legendary cricketers, including Mankad, Polly Umrigar, Vijay Hazare and Rusi Modi.

He earlier also served as president of the iconic CCI, an official said.

Till his last breath, he was president of the 'Legends Club', a group formed to celebrate the achievements of different sportspersons.

Former Mumbai cricketer Shishir Hattangadi took to Twitter to offer his condolences.

"Another institution of Bombay and Mumbai Cricket comes to an end. RIP Madhav Rao Apte. Will treasure those long discussions with you cricket from your days!" he tweeted.

"Madhav Apte had a bag of stories. From Vinoo Mankad to his buddy Subhya Fergie Gupte. To listen to him was rewinding cricket history. Dignified affable yet accessible as senior. Passing Pedder Road and Woodland Apartments each time will bring back memories with a smile.#RIP, Hattangadi said in another tweet.

Updated Date: Sep 23, 2019 11:27:44 IST






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2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252