Madhav Apte      

Full name Madhavrao Laxmanrao Apte

Born October 5, 1932, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

Died September 23, 2019, Mumbai, Maharashtra (aged 86 years 353 days)

Major teams India, Bengal, Mumbai

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Relation Brother - AL Apte

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 13 2 542 163* 49.27 1 3 0 2 0
First-class 67 102 16 3336 165* 38.79 6 16 27 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 1 6 3 0 - - - 3.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 67 120 97 4 1/6 24.25 4.85 30.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v Pakistan at Mumbai (BS), Nov 13-16, 1952 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v India at Kingston, Mar 28-Apr 4, 1953 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1951/52 - 1967/68

The case of Madhav Apte is among the most baffling in Indian cricket. A very correct opening batsman with an array of strokes, he started off with a century on debut in the Ranji Trophy for Bombay against Saurashtra in 1951-52. Recognising his talent early, the selectors gave him his big break in his second season of first-class cricket when he was picked for two Tests against Pakistan in 1952-53. With scores of 30, 10 not out and 42, he was an automatic choice for the tour of West Indies that followed. Over there he exceeded expectations. He opened the batting in all five Tests, and had scores of 64, 52, 64, 9, 0, 163 not out, 30, 30, 15 and 33. With a tally of 460 runs (51.11) he finished second to Polly Umrigar in the Test figures and ahead of Hazare, Mankad, Roy and Manjrekar. His century was a marathon innings that helped India to draw the match after they were in danger of defeat. He came back from the tour with his reputation enhanced many times over but to his dismay and to the astonishment of cricket fans in the country, he was dropped like a hot potato. But for one token appearance against the SJOC team in 1953-54 he never played an official Test again. His India days suddenly behind him, Apte remained a tower of strength for several years to the Bombay side, both as batsman and as occasional captain and remaining as keen about the game as ever. In the Ranji Trophy he scored 2070 runs (39.80) and continued to play with enthusiasm till the late sixties.
Partab Ramchand

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May 2015

Madhav Apte and Deepak Shodhan at the Sports Journalists Federation of India convention, Ahmedabad, May-June, 2015

Madhav Apte and Deepak Shodhan at the SJFI convention in Ahmedabad in 2015



Subash Jayaraman (extreme left) and his wife Kathleen with former India cricketers Madhav Apte (second from left) and Nari Contractor (middle), Cricket Club of India, Mumbai

Subash Jayaraman (extreme left) and his wife Kathleen with former India cricketers Madhav Apte (second from left) and Nari Contractor (middle)

© Subash Jayaraman


M.L. Apte, Mumbai, Portrait

M.L. Apte: Portrait

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