Full name Madhav Krishnaji Mantri
Born September 1, 1921, Nasik, Maharashtra
Died May 23, 2014, Mumbai (aged 92 years 264 days)
Major teams India, Maharashtra, Mumbai
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||India v England at Mumbai (BS), Dec 14-19, 1951 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v India at Dhaka, Jan 1-4, 1955 scorecard|
|First-class span||1941/42 - 1967/68|
A capable opening bat and safe wicketkeeper, Madhav Mantri could not quite establish himself in the Indian team in the fifties because of the presence of better candidates in both fields. He toured England in 1952 and Pakistan in 1954-55. In England he scored 550 runs (22.91) on the tour and had 39 dismissals. In his first Test, he scored 39 putting on 75 runs for the first wicket with Pankaj Roy. His best match as wicketkeeper was when he caught three and stumped in the England first first innings at Lord's in 1952.
But if his record for India was modest, Mantri was consistency personified in the Ranji Trophy. He scored 2787 runs (50.67) in the national competition during a first class career that stretched over 25 years. His highest score was 200 for Bombay against Maharashtra in 1948-49, the third of three centuries in successive matches. In first class cricket he had 193 dismissals, 137 of them caught. He is the uncle of Sunil Gavaskar.
Papua New Guinea's attractive team kit at the World T20 Qualifier, cool cap included, caught our attention. What's your favourite of them all?
There is nothing stimulating in watching a television broadcast in which the players and commentators allow themselves to be remote-controlled by the BCCI
On Sunday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became the 11th batsman to score 10,000-plus ODI runs. Here are the key numbers from his ODI career
Former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming on bowling in thrilling World Cup semi-finals, mastering the subcontinent, and taking on Tendulkar
The two four-day games against Australia A is a huge opportunity for the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha to get their careers back on track
Since the beginning of 2012, Ian Bell averages 34.69 when batting in the top six; among regular top-order batsmen, only Shane Watson has a lower average
There's currency in the idea that a captain's failure with the bat dulls his decision-making powers and creates a destructive atmosphere in the dressing room
Should he be dropped from the one-day squad to Zimbabwe, it will be the latest chapter in the wicketkeeper's strained relations with the authorities in particular
Someone who repeatedly has to prove himself despite playing over a hundred Tests, his recent stats do not make for good reading. Here's hoping he has a bit of magic left in him