Former player Madhusudan Rege passes away

New Delhi: Former cricketer Madhusudan Rege, who played one Test for India, has died aged 89.

The former opener`s only Test appearance for India came way back in 1949 against West Indies in Madras. He played 39 first-class games, 22 of them for Maharashtra, between 1944 and 1955. He scored 2348 runs at an average of 37.26 with six centuries and 12 fifties.

Rege`s offspin bowling yielded 33 wickets at an average of 42.96 with his best being 5 for 23.

The BCCI condoled his death.

"On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to condole the demise of Mr. Madhusudan Rege. He was a talented opening batsman and off-spinner, who represented Maharashtra with distinction, in the Ranji Trophy. He played for India in one Test, in what was our first-ever Test series against the West Indies, in 1948-49," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

"May the Almighty give his family the strength to cope with this loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace."