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Former cricketer Madhav Mantri dies at 92

Posted on May 23 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, May 23 : Former Indian wicketkeeper Madhav Mantri died of a heart attack at a private clinic in Mumbai on Friday. He was 92.

He suffered a heart attack on May 1. He was hospitalized at a private clinic and died following another heart attack on Friday.

At the time of his death, he was the oldest Indian test cricketer.

He had played in four Tests from 1951 to 1955.

Born in Nasik, Maharashtra, he was a right-handed opening batsman and specialist wicket-keeper who represented Bombay.

He captained Bombay to victory in three Ranji Trophy finals: 1951-52, 1955-56 and 1955-56.

He captained Associated Cement Company to victory in the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament in 1962-63.

He played his first Test against England in India in 1951-52, and toured England with the Indian team in 1952 (playing two Tests), and Pakistan in 1954-55 (one Test).

His highest score was 200 for Bombay in their victory over Maharashtra in a semi-final of the Ranji Trophy in 1948-49.

It was the highest of nine centuries in a match in which 2376 runs were scored, which is still a record in first-class cricket.

He was the uncle of former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar.

He lived at Hindu Colony in Dadar, Mumbai.

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