Cricket fraternity pays tribute to former India cricketer Madhav Apte after his after demise

Apte became the president of Cricket Club of India in Mumbai and was instrumental in bringing in a 14-year-old Tendulkar into the CCI side then.
Cricket fraternity pays tribute to former India cricketer Madhav Apte after his after demiseApte played seven Tests for India, five of which were against West Indies at home. (Photo: Twitter/Mohammad Kaif)
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Former India cricketer Madhav Apte passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on Monday at the age of 86. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and former cricketers paid their respects to the great cricketer. Apte started his career as a leg-spinner under the coaching of Vinoo Mankad while he was a student at Elphinstone College. His performance at The Oval is credited to have prevented Don Bradman's last innings from achieving an average of 100.00

India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in his tweet paid respect and recalled how Apte and Raj Singh Dungarpur allowed him to play for the Cricket Club of India despite him being just 15 at the time.

"Have fond memories of Madhav Apte Sir. I got to play against him at Shivaji Park when I was 14. Still remember the time when he and Dungarpur Sir let me play for the CCI as a 15-year old. He always supported me and was a well-wisher. May his Soul Rest in peace."

Mohammad Kaif recalled Apte as a great storyteller and tweeted: "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."

Wasim Jaffer said: "He had a Test average touching 50 despite not getting enough opportunities. Played active cricket till he was 71. A legend of Mumbai and Indian cricket passed away today. You will be missed Madhav Apte sir."

"At a loss of words, hearing about the passing away of Madhav Apte Sir. I knew him as a kid and looked up to him for advice. He always motivated me and pushed me to do well. Both me and my father had the privilege of playing cricket with him. May your soul Rest in peace Sir!" tweeted Vinod Kambli.

Apte played seven Tests for India, five of which were against West Indies at home. 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 West Indies in Port of Spain wherein he scored 163*. It was his highest Test score. Post the 1953 series against West Indies.

In the first-class cricket he represented Mumbai both as a batsman and captain. He finished with 67 first-class games with 3336 runs at an average of 38.79 that included six centuries and sixteen half centuries.

After retiring from cricket he became the president of Cricket Club of India in Mumbai and was instrumental in bringing in a 14-year-old Tendulkar into the CCI side then.

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