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Full name Arvindrao Laxmanrao Apte
Born October 24, 1934, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Died August 5, 2014, Pune (aged 79 years 285 days)
Major teams India, Indian Universities, Mumbai, Rajasthan
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relation Brother - ML Apte
|Only Test||England v India at Leeds, Jul 2-4, 1959 scorecard|
|First-class span||1955/56 - 1970/71|
The younger brother of Madhav Apte, Arvind Apte was taken on the tour of England in 1959 as a reserve opener, based on his fine performances at home. An attacking opening batsman with a wide range of strokes, mostly cavalier, he met with modest success on the tour scoring 881 runs (27.53) with three centuries. His best score was 165 against Derbyshire. Given a chance in the third Test at Leeds following an injury to Nari Contractor, Apte was out for 8 and 7, falling to Alan Moss both times. He continued to play first-class cricket till the early 70s, finishing with an aggregate of 2782 runs (33.51) which included six centuries.
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