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Sachin Tendulkar's mentor and former India cricketer Madhav Apte dies at 86

Sachin Tendulkar's mentor and former India cricketer Madhav Apte dies at 86

Ex-India test opener Madhav Apte passed away today at 86 in the Mumbai Candy Hospital. Several cricketers and fans paid homage to the former Indian cricketer. He made his debut against Pakistan in 1952 and represented India in seven Tests, amassing 542 runs at an average of 49.27 with three fifties and a century to his name.

He impressed everyone with his superb batting on the West Indies tour in 1952/53 and piled up 460 runs at a terrific average of 51.11 which comprised three fifties and a top score of 163* at the Port of Spain.  

One wonders after such as a phenomenal start to his Test career, what happened afterwards? After the successful tour, India didn't play many Test matches and Apte lost his mojo in the time of enforced idleness and then mysteriously never returned to international cricket.

His passion for the game never abated as he played for 17 years at first-class level, appeared in 67 matches and accumulated a whopping 3336 runs. He remained closely attached to cricket after his retirement in 1967/68 and was selected as the president of Mumbai Cricket Club. As an administrator, Madhav played an instrumental role in the development of Sachin Tendulkar and promoted him to the Cricket Club of India (CCI) team at the tender age of 15.

Madhav was a very popular figure in the Indian cricket fraternity and was loved by many former cricketers for his jovial and bubbly personality. Many greats of the game including Tendulkar paid tribute to the deceased on Twitter.