Mumbai stalwarts pay tribute to ‘Apte sir’

Former India and Bombay batsman Madhav Apte — who played Kanga League till the age of 70 — passed away at the Breach Candy hospital on Monday.

Former India cricketer Madhav Apte at a function to induct Kapil Dev into the Legends Club Hall of Fame at Cricket Club of India in Mumbai in 2017.   -  FILE PHOTO/ VIVEK BENDRE

 

There was a certain spark in Madhav Apte that allowed him to play till the age of 70. The veteran batsman’s international career had ended at 21 but he continued to swing his bat in the Kanga League.

The right-handed opener, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Monday, had a much better first-class record where he scored 3,336 runs from 67 matches, including six hundreds and 16 fifties. His highest first-class score was 165 not out.

He made his Test debut against Pakistan at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai in November 1952 and played his last test against West Indies at Kingston in April 1953.

In his debut Test, he made 30 and 10 not out, respectively.

He was the first Indian opener to aggregate over 400 runs in a Test series (460 runs against West Indies in 1953).

He also captained Mumbai in domestic cricket.

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Madhav Apte was assigned as the opening batsman by legendary Vinoo Mankad.

He played along with several legendary cricketers, including Mankad, Polly Umrigar, Vijay Hazare and Rusi Modi.

His funeral was held in the afternoon at Shivaji Park crematorium and attended by veteran cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and former Mumbai stalwart Milind Rege.

National selector Jatin Paranjpe, his father Vasu and noted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle were also present.

Former Mumbai cricketer Shishir Hattangadi took to Twitter to offer his condolences.

“Another institution of Bombay and Mumbai Cricket comes to an end. RIP Madhav Rao Apte. Will treasure those long discussions with you cricket from your days!” he tweeted.

“Madhav Apte had a bag of stories. From Vinoo Mankad to his buddy Subhya Fergie Gupte. To listen to him was rewinding cricket history. Dignified affable yet accessible as senior. Passing Pedder Road and Woodland Apartments each time will bring back memories with a smile,” Hattangadi said in another tweet.

Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar also condoled his death.

“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,” Tendulkar said in a tweet.

Mumbai stalwart Amol Mazumdar also expressed grief over the death of another one from the ‘golden generation’.

“Sad news indeed about Madhav Apte sir. Shared many memories. Another of the golden generation of Mumbai giants passes away. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

Former India player Vinod Kambli said Apte always pushed him to do well.

“At a loss of words, hearing about passing away of Madhav Apte sir. I knew him as a kid and looked upto 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,” Kambli tweeted.

The Mumbai Cricket Association also condoled his demise.