Former captains Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Kaif along will several other cricket players penned their heartfelt condolence on the demise of former cricketer Madhav Apte on Monday. Madhav Apte, former Indian Test opener, 86, passed away at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai on Monday morning.
'A great storyteller'
Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif also condoled the demise of Apte and called him a great storyteller.
Wasim Jaffer and Vinod Kambli further expressed their grief on the demise of Madhav Apte. Taking to Twitter 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. "
Vinod Kambli was also at loss of words on hearing about the demise and mentioned Apte to be his motivation.
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Apte was the first Indian opener to aggregate over 400 runs in a Test series
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.
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. He earlier also served as the president of the iconic CCI, an official said. Till his last breath, he was the President of the 'Legends Club', a group formed to celebrate the achievements of different sportspersons.
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(With inputs from ANI)