Veteran cricketer Madhav Apte aged 86 died suffering a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Monday morning. The former Indian Test opener was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital early this morning where he was found out of breath.
Early in 1950’s Madhav Apte played seven Tests in which he scored 542 runs, with a 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 Tons and 16 fifties. His highest first-class score was 165 not out.
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.
Earlier he served as president of the iconic CCI and later on, he was the 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!” – 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.