Former Indian Test Opener Madhav Apte passed away at Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai on Monday morning at the age of 86. Apte played seven Tests for India in the early 1950s, five out of which were in and against West Indies. He finished his Test career with 542 runs (at an average of 49.27) including two centuries (highest score of 163) against the bowling attack which had Frank King, Gerry Gomez, Frank Worrell, Alf Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin. Despite his exceptional performance in the series against West Indies, he was never picked to play for India again.
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 & 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
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 23, 2019
Apte, who belonged to Mumbai, featured in 67 first-class matches. He delivered notable performances in school tournaments like Giles Shield as well as University-level tournaments. He also served as president of the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai. During his tenure, he played a key role in a decision taken by the CCI in 1987-88, modifying the strict age-limit rules of the club. This was done to accommodate 15-year-old Sachin Tendulkar to represent CCI as a player.
Tendulkar expressed his grief at the demise of the former Test player with a tweet, “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.”