Former India Test opener Madhav Apte passes away

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-09-23 16:19:00

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Former India Test match opener and veteran cricketer Madhav Apte breathed his last on Sunday. He was 86 years old.

Apte would have celebrated his 87th birth anniversary on 5 October. He was admitted in Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai where he passed away.

Between 1952 and 1953, Apte played as many as seven Tests for India. He amassed 542 runs in these seven Tests which included one century and three fifties. He even had an extremely healthy average of 49.27. He played 67 First-class matches scoring 3,336 runs with six hundreds and 16 half-centuries.

Apte was born in Mumbai in 1932. Although known for being a right-hand proficient batsman, he had started his career as a leg-spinner under the watchful eyes of Vinoo Mankad. He was at that time a student at Elphinstone College. Apte’s performance at The Oval is famously known to have prevented Don Bradman to reach an average of 100.

In 1989, he was elected to the office of the President of the Cricket Club of India (CCI). He also went to serve as the Chief of the Legend’s club.

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