India Test opener for seven Test matches in the early 1950s Madhav Apte passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital on Monday morning.
He was 86 and would have turned 87 on October 5.“He lived a full life,” said his son Vaman.
Apte scored 542 runs, that included an unbeaten 163 against the likes of Frank King, Gerry Gomez, Frank Worrell, Alf Valentine and Sonny Ramadin in the Queens Park Oval Test of 1953.
He played 67 first class matches (46 Ranji Trophy for Bombay and three for Bengal) scored 3336 runs, with six centuries and 16 half centuries. He was converted into an opening batsman by the legendary Vinoo Mankad.