Veteran cricketer Madhav Apte passed away in Mumbai after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 86. The former India and Mumbai opener breathed his last in Breach Candy Hospital yesterday. Apte made his Test debut against Pakistan at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai in November 1952 and played his last test against West Indies at Kingston in April 1953. He was the first Indian opener to aggregate over 400 runs in a Test series. He played along with several legendary cricketers, including Vinoo Mankad, Polly Umrigar, Vijay Hazare and Rusi Modi.
Apte’s funeral was held at Shivaji Park Crematorium and was attended by veteran cricketers including Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, noted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle and former Mumbai stalwart Milind Rege. Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar also condoled his death on twitter saying he remembered the time when Apte and Raj Dungarpur let him play for the CCI as a 15- year old, adding that the veteran always supported him and was a well-wisher.