Madhav Mantri, doyen of Indian cricket – Obituary

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: Former India wicket-keeper, Madhav Mantri passed away on Friday morning at the Lilavati Hospital following a heart attack. He was 92. He was a contemporary of legendary cricketers like Polly Umrigar, Vinoo Mankad, Vijay Manjrekar, Subhash Gupte and Lala Amarnath.

Mantri, who was a maternal uncle to Sunil Gavaskar, represented Indian in four Tests in the 1950s. He made his Test debut against the travelling MCC team at the Brabourne Stadium under Vijay Hazare in December 1951.

After an unproductive England tour the following year, Mantri played his fourth and last Test against Pakistan at Dacca in January 1955.

However, unlike his below-par performance in the national colours, Mantri was a consistent performer for the Bombay side, which dominated the domestic cricket.

He led Bombay to three Ranji titles, and scored 2976 runs at an average of 53.14, besides taking 69 catches and 23 stumpings.

After retirement from first class cricket, Mantri became a national selector from 1964 to 1968, and the president of Mumbai Cricket Association from 1988 to 1992. He was also manager of the Indian team on the England tour of 1990 and served as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer between 1990 and 1992.

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