Former Indian Test opener and Mumbai batsman Madhav Apte passes away

Former Indian Test cricketer, Madhav Apte passed away at the age of 86 years. Apte had represented India in seven matches, scoring 542 at an average of 49.27

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On Monday, former Mumbai batsman and Indian cricketer Madhav Apte, aged 86, passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital in the morning. Throughout his international career, Apte played seven Tests for India in the early 1950s, five of which came in and against West Indies.

The Mumbai batsman scored 542 runs at an average of 49.27 for India, out of which, two centuries (the highest score of 163) in the two Port-of-Spain matches - against a bowling attack that had Frank King, Gerry Gomez, Frank Worrell, Alf Valentine, and Sonny Ramadhin.

Surprisingly, despite such a successful series in West Indies, Apte was never picked to play for India again.

Being a consistent performer for Mumbai, Apte had featured in 67 first-class matches. Amongst which, three of his appearances were for Bengal. Apte had risen to fame after making his way through the strong age-group system in the city and delivering notable performances in school tournaments like Giles Shield as well as University-level tournaments.

Apte also served as the President of the famous Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai. During his tenure, he is said to have played a key role in a significant decision taken at the club in the 1987-88 - tweaking the strict age-limit rules at the club to accommodate a 15-year-old Sachin Tendulkar to represent the club as a player.

Meanwhile, tributes poured for the batting giant from Mumbai:

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