Madhav Apte

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Madhav Apte
President of CCI
Personal details
Born (1932-10-05) 5 October 1932 (age 84)
Mumbai, Bombay Presidency, British Raj
Relatives Arvind Apte (brother)
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma mater Mumbai University, Elphinstone College
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 7 67
Runs scored 542 3336
Batting average 49.27 38.79
100s/50s 1/3 6/-
Top score 163* 165*
Balls bowled 6 120
Wickets - 4
Bowling average - 24.25
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - 1/6
Catches/stumpings 2/- 27/-
Source: Cricinfo

Madhavrao Laxmanrao Apte About this sound pronunciation  (born 5 October 1932, Bombay) is a former Indian cricketer who played in 7 Tests from 1952 to 1953. He was elected to the office of the president of the Cricket Club of India in 1989. He has since served as the president of the Club's Legend's Club and is the chairman of his family's company, Apte Group. His brother Arvind Apte was also a cricketer.

Early life and family[edit]

Apte was born on 5 October, 1932 into the Chitpavan brahmin household of Laxmanrao Apte.[1] His paternal grandfather had set up textile mills and sugar factories as the family business.[2] He attended the Children's Academy before it was taken over by the Government of India, after which he moved to the Scottish Presbyterian Wilson High School, where he was encouraged to play cricket.[3]

Apte finished his Bachelor of Arts degree at Mumbai University and finished his graduate degree in fine arts at Elphinstone College.[4][5]

Apte's younger brother Arvind Apte, also played first-class cricket for Bombay, Rajasthan and Indian Universities.[6] While his son, Vaman Apte represented India in squash and Mumbai University in cricket, and his daughter was an inter-school badminton champion.[7]


Apte, although a right-hand batsman by trade,[8] began his career in 1948 as a leg spin bowler under the coaching of Vinoo Mankad while he was a student at Elphinstone College.[9] That same year, his performance at The Oval was credited to have prevented Sir Don Bradman's last innings from achieving an average of 100.00.[10] In 1951, at the age of 19, he made his first-class debut playing for Indian Universities against the touring Marylebone Cricket Club.[7]

In 1952, at the age of 20, he played his first Ranji trophy against the Saurashtra cricket team after Vijay Merchant dropped out due to injuries.[11][12] That same year, he was selected as a replacement to the Bombay team after Pankaj Roy,[13] and made his national cricket debut against the Pakistan team that season.[7] He also played one season for the Bengal cricket team.[14]

In 1953, Apte was selected for India’s tour to West Indies, where at Port-of-Spain,[3] he finished as the second highest scorer for India after Polly Umrigar. He played in only one first-class match in 1954, after which he was never selected on the national Indian team again. He maintains that his being dropped was "an unsolved mystery".[15] Later on, in his autobiography, he states that soon after his run in the West Indies, his father was approached by chief selector Lala Amarnath for a share of the New Delhi base of their family's business, Kohinoor Mills. After his father politely declined the selector, Apte was never selected to represent India again. He joined his family's business and officially retired from international cricket at the age of 34, although he continued to play first class cricket.[9] His last first-class game was the 1967-68 Ranji Trophy final between Bombay and Madras.[7]

Apte is the only cricket player to have played alongside D. B. Deodhar and Sachin Tendulkar.[16] In 1989, he became the president of the Cricket Club of India and awarded Tendulkar playing membership,[9][7] and in 2016, argued that the Cricket Club of India was a founding member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India after the controversial Lodha Committee report proposed to consign the Club as an associate member of the Board, and thus taking away the voting rights of the former's members as part of the reformation process at the latter.[17] He is now the president of the Club's Legends Club,[18] and in 2014, urged the Club to make the Anandji Dossa reference library available to the public.[19]

In 2000, Apte was selected to become the Sheriff of Mumbai.[7] In 2011, he inaugurated the 26th Sportstar Trophy.[20] In 2015, at the age of 82, he published his autobiography titled As Luck Would Have It at Wankhede Stadium at the hands of Sunil Gavaskar.[21][9]

In business, Apte has served as the president of the Mumbai Chamber of Commerce. He presently serves as the chairman of the Apte Group.[22][23]

Further reading[edit]

  • Apte, Madhav (2015). As Luck Would Have It (1st ed.). Mumbai: Global Cricket School. 
  • Apte, Madhav (2016). Daivayattam (in Marathi) (1st ed.). Rajhans Prakashan. p. 300. ISBN 978-8174349460. 


  1. ^ Viswanath, G (26 February 2016). "Madhav Apte: Apt assessment of two eras". Sportstar. 
  2. ^ Wisden India Staff (August 4, 2015). "Trip down memory lane: The living tale of Madhav Apte". News 18. 
  3. ^ a b Viswanath, G (January 31, 2016). "'Selectors were whimsical then, maybe to a lesser extent now'". The Hindu. 
  4. ^ "Madhav Apte Profile". Bloomberg L.P. 
  5. ^ Pataik, Sidhanta (August 4, 2015). "From Merchant to Tendulkar – the life and times of Madhav Apte". Wisden India. 
  6. ^ Joshi, Harit (5 October 2012). "The cricketing journey of Madhav Apte". Mid Day. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Mustafi, Suvajit (October 5, 2016). "Madhav Apte: 17 facts about one of India's most unfortunate cricketers". Cricket Country. 
  8. ^ Massey, Abhinav (July 24, 2016). "5 unsuccessful Indian cricketers with great statistics". Yahoo News. 5. Madhav Apte 
  9. ^ a b c d Ahuja, Chandni (9 October 2015). "10 things you should know about Madhav Apte - India's most unfortunate cricketer". Sports Keeda. 
  10. ^ Mayure, Subodh (14 January 2016). "Madhav Apte to Pranav Dhanawade: Cricket is about success and failure". Mid Day. Apte, who brought up Sir Don Bradman’s last-innings duck at The Oval in 1948, which prevented the great Australian from achieving an average of 100.00. 
  11. ^ Viswanath, G (October 13, 2011). "Vijay Merchant's technique was close to perfection: Madhav Apte". The Hindu. 
  12. ^ Pataik, Sidhanta (August 4, 2015). "From Merchant to Tendulkar – the life and times of Madhav Apte". Wisden India. 
  13. ^ Jayaraman, Subash (17 December 2014). "'Why I was dropped is still an unsolved mystery'". ESPNcricinfo. 
  14. ^ Krishnan, G (12 March 2016). "oday's competition makes Mumbai Ranji Trophy win sweeter: Madhav Apte". DNA India. 
  15. ^ Sengupta, Arunabha (June 14, 2016). "Madhav Apte: Averaged almost 50 from 7 Tests but never picked again". Cricket Country. 
  16. ^ "Madhav Apte, 82, launches his autobiography". Cricket Country. May 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Lodha Committee report absurd: Former CCI president Madhav Apte". Cricket Country. January 6, 2016. 
  18. ^ Viswanath, G (13 April 2017). "I look for Vinoobhai's name on the Lord's honours board: Gavaskar". Sportstar. The Legends Club President, Madhav Apte 
  19. ^ Murzello, Clayton (1 October 2014). "Make Dossa library available to public: Madhav Apte". Mid Day. 
  20. ^ "Madhav Apte inaugurates Sportstar Trophy". The Hindu. October 19, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Madhav Apte, 82, launches his autobiography". Cricket Country. May 30, 2015. 
  22. ^ Patvardhan, V. S. (1990). Growth of Indigenous Entrepreneurship: Enterprises of Dahanukar, Apte, Dandekar, Sathe and Parkhe (Part 2 of Growth of Indigenous Entrepreneurship, V. S. Patvardhan ed.). University of Michigan: Popular Prakashan. p. 126. ISBN 9788171547012. 
  23. ^ "Madhav Apte Profile". Bloomberg L.P.