Former cricketers should inspire you; Madhav Apte tells youngsters

Former Indian opener Madhav Apte also cited the examples of Sachin Tendulkar and Ajit Agarkar who played in tournamnets like Sportstar trophy before getting selected in the Indian team Getty Images

Mumbai: Oct 19, 2011

Former India opening batsman, Madhav Apte, has advised young Mumbai cricketers to take inspiration from the yesteryear players under whose names they would be playing at the 26th under-19 Sportstar Trophy that got under way on Wednesday.

“Greats like Vijay Hazare were motivation for us then, now their deeds should be inspiring you,” said Apte while inaugurating the tournament, which will see Hazare XI, Vijay Merchant XI, Vijay Manjrekar XI and Khandu Rangnekar XI vying for the top honours.

Hazare was Apte’s captain on the 1952-53 West Indies tour while Manjrekar was his teammate on that tour.

He also pointed out that master batsman Sachin Tendulkar and speedster Ajit Agarkar cut their teeth in the tournament before going on to play for India.

“You are fortunate to be playing in the Sportstar Trophy at this age. Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar have played in this tournament earlier and went on to represent Mumbai and India, so this is now your chance to make the most of it,” said Apte, who averaged 49.27 in seven Test appearances for India.

He also asked the youngsters to play hard but within the laws of the game.

“Winning is important, but that’s not the only thing you should aim for. Remember it is only a game, not life and death. Play hard but obey the rules of the game,” he said. (PTI)