India news August 5, 2014

Former India batsman Arvind Apte dies

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Arvind Apte, the former India batsman who played one Test in 1959, has died in Pune aged 79, of prostate cancer. He was the younger brother of Madhav Apte, who played seven Tests for India in the early 1950s. Arvind Apte was survived by a daughter.

Born in Bombay in 1934, Arvind Apte was taken on the tour of England in 1959 as a reserve opener. An attacking opening batsman with a wide range of strokes, he met with modest success on the tour, scoring 881 runs in 19 matches with three centuries, averaging 27.53. His best score was 165 against Derbyshire. Given a chance in the third Test at Leeds following an injury to Nari Contractor, Arvind 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 at 33.51, with six centuries. He represented Bombay and Rajasthan in first-class cricket.

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  • POSTED BY bharatratna on | August 5, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    What a sad sad day for Indian cricket. The numbers will never tell the complete story of this great cricketer. An opener in the classical mould, he showed his Bombay-ite opening skills in his 165 against Derbyshire. Sadly he didn't receive another opportunity after the first test debacle, but has scored several crucial runs for Bombay. May his soul rest in peace!

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 6, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    You were #92, Mr. Arvind Apte, one of only 282 to have played Test cricket for the Indian Nation. We salute you. RIP.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    RIP Mr. Apte...will be fondly missed by the Cricketing fraternity!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    well said bharatratna. Numbers do not reveal the real quality of a player, never heard of him. RIP.

  • POSTED BY bharatratna on | August 5, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    What a sad sad day for Indian cricket. The numbers will never tell the complete story of this great cricketer. An opener in the classical mould, he showed his Bombay-ite opening skills in his 165 against Derbyshire. Sadly he didn't receive another opportunity after the first test debacle, but has scored several crucial runs for Bombay. May his soul rest in peace!

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 6, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    You were #92, Mr. Arvind Apte, one of only 282 to have played Test cricket for the Indian Nation. We salute you. RIP.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    RIP Mr. Apte...will be fondly missed by the Cricketing fraternity!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    well said bharatratna. Numbers do not reveal the real quality of a player, never heard of him. RIP.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    well said bharatratna. Numbers do not reveal the real quality of a player, never heard of him. RIP.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    RIP Mr. Apte...will be fondly missed by the Cricketing fraternity!!!

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 6, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    You were #92, Mr. Arvind Apte, one of only 282 to have played Test cricket for the Indian Nation. We salute you. RIP.

  • POSTED BY bharatratna on | August 5, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    What a sad sad day for Indian cricket. The numbers will never tell the complete story of this great cricketer. An opener in the classical mould, he showed his Bombay-ite opening skills in his 165 against Derbyshire. Sadly he didn't receive another opportunity after the first test debacle, but has scored several crucial runs for Bombay. May his soul rest in peace!