Former Indian cricketer Madhav Apte dies aged 86
In sad news for Indian cricket, former Indian Test opener Madhav Apte drew his last breath at 86. He was to turn 87 on October 5 but he passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on Sunday morning. He was one of the important members of the Indian cricket team as he played for the team for a year (1952 to 53).
Madhav Apte’s stint at India was short-lived as he played only seven Tests for India but he certainly made his presence count in the less number of matches he had played. He scored 542 runs, including 1 century and three half-centuries to his credit at an average of 49.27. He has played 67 First-Class matches in which he scored 3,336 runs with six centuries and 16 half-centuries. His highest first-class score was 163*.
He made his Test debut against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai on November 1952 where he scored 30 and 10 not out respectively. He played his last test match against the Caribbeans at Kingston in April 1953.
Born in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1932, Madhav Apte was a specialist right-handed batsman. He initially started his career as a leg-spinner under Vinoo Mankad’s coaching while he was a student at Elphinstone College.
“At a loss of words, hearing about the passing away of Madhav Apte Sir. I knew him as a kid and looked up to him for advice. He always motivated me and pushed me to do well. Both me and my father had the privilege of playing cricket with him. May your soul Rest in Peace Sir!,” Vinod Kambli offered his condolences in his tweet.
“He had a test average touching 50 despite not getting enough opportunities. Played active cricket till he was 71. A legend of Mumbai and Indian cricket passed away today. You will be missed Madhav Apte sir,” Wasim Jaffer tweeted.
“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!” former Mumbai cricketer Shishir Hattangadi 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 a senior. Passing Pedder Road and Woodland Apartments each time will bring back memories with a smile.#RIP,” Hattangadi said in another tweet.
In 1989, Madhav Apte was elected to the office of the president of the Cricket Club of India and also worked as the chief of Legend’s Club.