Zee Media Bureau
Mumbai: The oldest Indian Test cricketer Madhav Mantri passed away at 7.15 am at Leelavati hospital on Friday morning.
He was 92. A steady opening batsman and wicketkeeper, Mantri played four Tests for India between 1951 and 1955. His Ranji record was stellar - 2787 runs at an average of 50.67 in a career that stretched over 25 years.
He was also a colossus of the club cricket scene in Mumbai where he played for Dadar Union but he was also always ready to help youngsters. His dedication, kindness and loyalty to friends is something that many cricketers and people will fondly remember.
Several cricketers, commentators and journalists are mourning the death of Mantri via social websites.
very deeply saddened to hear of the death of madhav mantri. gentleman, disciplinarian & wonderful old world manners.always put cricket first
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 23, 2014
Mantri sir lived life like he played his cricket: with a straight bat. Many cricketers owe him a huge debt. RIP
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 23, 2014