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.
I am in mourning at the passing of Shri Madhav Apte. Deep, genuine cricket lover, quality batsman himself (7 tests at an avg of 49.3), and a classy, dignified human being. From an era where love for the game was unconditional. Wonderful host, great story-teller.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2019
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.
Saddened to hear about the demise of Madhav Apte ji. Great story teller and played cricket till he was 71. My thoughts and prayers with his family. pic.twitter.com/zoKlpQ2Gay— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 23, 2019
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.
Have fond memories of Madhav Apte Sir.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 23, 2019
I got to play against him at Shivaji Park when I was 14.
Still remember the time when he & Dungarpur Sir let me play for the CCI as a 15-year old. He always supported me & was a well wisher.
May his Soul Rest In Peace?? pic.twitter.com/NKp6NicyO5