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BCCI mourns ex-cricketer Madhav Mantri's death

Posted on May 23 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, May 23 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday mourned the death of former Indian wicketkeeper Madhav Mantri.

"Mr. Madhav Mantri's demise is a big loss to Indian cricket. A wicketkeeper-batsman, he represented India and Mumbai with distinction," said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.

"He was a member of the national selection committee from 1964 to 1968, and served the BCCI as Treasurer from 1990 to 1992. He was Manager of the Indian team that toured England in 1990. Indian cricket will be indebted to him.

"Several cricketers, from Sunil Gavaskar to Sachin Tendulkar, had the privilege of being guided by him in their formative years. On behalf of the BCCI, I express my condolences to his family and admirers. May his soul rest in peace," said Patel.

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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