September 1, 2011

Indian cricket

India's oldest living Test cricketer turns 90


Madhav Mantri, the former Indian wicketkeeper who is also Sunil Gavaskar's uncle, turns 90 today. DNA's Derek Abraham met him before the big day.

The Mumbaikar played four Tests but it was his decision to introduce his nephew to the game that earned him more accolades. “I gave the little boy a copy of my first book. It was in Marathi and the title of the book translates to ‘How to Play Cricket’,” Mantri recalls.
“A day later, he came back and proclaimed, ‘Nana Mama, I’ve read the entire book, from start to finish’. I was obviously impressed,” he adds. That little boy went on to become a Little Master — Sunil Gavaskar.


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