Madhav Apte a true aficionado of our beloved game: Sunil Gavaskar

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Author 2019-09-24 13:25:03

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"The cricketing get-togethers at his house made for memorable evenings with enlightening cricket talk with the who's who of cricket. I will miss those evenings, listening to him along with some of the greatest names in Indian cricket.
Apte played seven Tests for India, five of which were against the West Indies in the Caribbean. In his seven Tests, he scored 542 runs at an outstanding average of 49.27. He hit three half centuries and one century that came against the West Indies in Port of Spain where he scored 163*. It was his highest Test score. Post the 1953 series against the West Indies, he did not feature in any more games for India.
He continued to be a dominant force in first-class cricket playing for Mumbai both as a batsman and captain, remaining as interested and drawn towards the game till the end. He finished with 67 first-class games with 3,336 runs at an average of 38.79 that included six centuries and sixteen half centuries.
Post retirement, he donned the hat of president of the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai and was instrumental in bringing in a 14-year-old Tendulkar into the CCI side then..

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