Ex-Test Opener Madhav Apte Passes Away At The Age Of 86
Madhav Apte, the former Indian Cricketer, passed away at the age of 86 on Monday (23rd September) morning at Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai. The Test opener played less International cricket but was regular in domestic cricket.
He has played seven Test matches for India- one series against Pakistan in 1952-53 and the second series against West Indies. Apte showed good performance in domestic cricket and was selected for the Indian team. His satisfactory performance against Pakistan followed with his selection in the Test match against West Indies.
Apte was mysteriously dropped from Indian Team
Against Pakistan, he scored 30, 10 not out, 42 and with the performances, he was selected against West Indies. Apte played five-Test match as an opener against West Indies where he scored 64, 52, 64, 9, 0, 163 not out, 30, 30, 15 and 33. Though he had impressed everyone with his bat, he was suddenly dropped from the team and was never selected in the Indian team again. In total, he has made 542 runs with the highest score of 163* runs.
Apte continued to play domestic cricket from Bombay and scored satisfactory runs. He played 67 first-class cricket and scored 3336 runs at an average of 38.79 with the highest score of 165*. He occasionally captained the Bombay team.
In 67 matches, Apte played 46 Ranji Trophy for Bombay and three for Bengal. He scored 2070 runs in Ranji Trophy and played impressive innings during his career.
In domestic cricket, Madhav Apte continued to play till his sixties. He had a good start through his career as he shined through school tournaments. His ability was captured by Vinoo Mankad who converted him to an opening batsman.
Apte was also the president of famous cricket club of India (CCI) in Mumbai. During his tenure, he took some major step in the club and played a major role.
His whole family is connected to cricket. His brother Arvind played a Test for India, while his son Vaman played squash for India (and cricket for Bombay University).
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