Legendary cricketer Madhav Apte laid to rest; Cricket fraternity condoles the death
Veteran cricketer Madhav Apte was laid to rest at Shivaji Park Crematorium on Monday in the presence of prominent Indian cricket personalities on Monday. Those present on the occasion included Chandu Patankar, Vasu Paranjape, Sunil Gavaskar, Jatin Paranjape and several other cricketers who have been trained under and played with Apte.
Apte passed away on Sunday morning following a cardiac arrest at the age of 86. Apte breathed his last at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai.
Condoling his death, ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar took to twitter saying, “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.”
The BCCI also offered condolences on the death of Apte. It released a statement saying, “He will remain one of the most loved cricketers and the BCCI extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends in this hour of grief.”
Senior commentator Harsha Bhogle also expressing his grief wrote, “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.”
Apte played in seven Tests in 1952-53 and scored 542 runs at an average of 49.27 runs and most of his runs came against the likes of Frank King, Gerry Gomez, Frank Worrell, Alf Valentine, Sonny Ramadin. He played 67 first-class matches (46 Ranji Trophy for Bombay and three for Bengal) scoring 3336 runs, with six centuries and 16 half-centuries.
He is survived by his wife Sheela, son Vaman and two daughters, Radhika and Janhavi. The last rites were performed by Vaman.