India news December 17, 2013

Former India batsman Madhusudan Rege dies

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former India Test cricketer Madhusudan Rege, who played one Test for India in 1949, died on Monday aged 89.

The right-handed opening batsman made 15 and 0 in his only Test, against West Indies in Madras. He played 39 first-class games, including 22 for Maharashtra, between 1944 and 1955, scoring 2348 runs at an average of 37.26 with six centuries and 12 fifties. Two of those centuries came in a losing cause against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy semi-final in March 1949, when Rege followed a first-innings knock of 133 with 100 chasing a mammoth total of 959. Maharashtra fell short by 354 runs, in spite of Rege's innings and a ton from Sharad Deodhar.

Rege's offspin bowling fetched him 33 wickets at an average of 42.96, which included a sole five-for.