From left: Madhav Apte, Deepak Parekh, and Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Courtesy: Abhishek Mukherjee
From left: Madhav Apte, Deepak Parekh, and Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Courtesy: Abhishek Mukherjee

Madhav Apte, former India opener and captain of Bombay during their unbeaten golden era, launched his autobiography As Luck Would Have It at Wankhede Stadium on May 29. Apte, the only known cricketer to have played alongside both DB Deodhar and Sachin Tendulkar, had played Kanga League till he turned 70. His brother Arvind was also a Test cricketer. READ: Former cricketers should inspire you; Madhav Apte tells youngsters

From 7 Tests (including a full tour of West Indies), Apte had scored 542 runs at 49.27, and was never considered again. It remains one of the unsolved mysteries of Indian cricket — an issue that, according to Sunil Gavaskar, Guest of Honour at the release programme, was never discussed by Apte. READ: India requires a mentor rather than coach, says Sunil Gavaskar

Apte was also an ace tennis player, the Sheriff of Mumbai, and a renowned industrialist. His book is supposed to throw light on his life and multiple successful careers. The book’s tagline runs “unplugged, uncut,” which is probably a hint at what it might contain.

Other than Apte and Gavaskar, the programme Sachin Bajaj, Founder and MD, Global Cricket School; Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC; and was attended by Test cricketers Ajit Wadekar, Nari Contractor (both Test captains), and Yajurvindra Singh.