‘A well wisher and always supported me’ – Sachin Tendulkar leads tributes for Madhav Apte
Madhav Apte (IANS Photo)

India cricketing fraternity has paid rich tributes to the departed former international Madhav Apte who passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital on September 23 morning, aged 86.

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Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar recalled the time from his childhood when he got the chance to play against Apte at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park. “Have fond memories of Madhav Apte Sir. I got to play against him at Shivaji Park when I was 14. Still remember the time when he and Dungarpur Sir let me play for the CCI as a 15-year old. He always supported me and was a well wisher. May his Soul Rest in peace,” Tendulkar wrote on his Twitter handle.

Mohammad Kaif wrote, “Saddened to hear about the demise of Madhav Apte ji. Great story teller and played cricket till he was 71. My thoughts and prayers with his family.”

Vinod Kambli said Apte motivated him and pushed him to to better. “At a loss of words, hearing about the passing away of Madhav Apte Sir. I knew him as a kid and looked up to him for advice. He always motivated me and pushed me to do well. Both me and my father had the privilege of playing cricket with him. May your soul Rest in peace Sir!” he posted on Twitter.

Apte played seven Tests for India in a span of five months – making his debut against Pakistan in 1952 – and scored a hundred and 3 fifties, all in West Indies; he averaged 49.27, and was never picked again. He is also the only known cricketer to have played alongside DB Deodhar and Sachin Tendulkar.

He scored 3,336 First Class runs at 39 in 67 matches and led Mumbai to Ranji Trophy titles in 1958-59 and 1961-62.