(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Mantri who played four tests between 1951 and 1955 was best known as a wicket-keeper.
tributes were paid on friday to madhav mantri india’s oldest surviving test cricketer and a former manager of the national side after he died overnight at the age of 92.
mantri who was an uncle of former indian skipper sunil gavaskar acted as a mentor to the likes of sachin tendulkar during a long career as a player national selector and administrator.
“very deeply saddened to hear of the death of madhav mantri. gentleman disciplinarian and wonderful old world manners always put cricket first” the commentator harsha bhogle tweeted.
ravichandran ashwin an offspinner in the current indian side also said he was “very sad to hear about the passing away” of mantri. “may you rest in peace sir” he added on twitter.
mantri who played four tests between 1951 and 1955 was best known as a wicket-keeper. although his international record was modest he was a prolific run-scorer in the domestic ranji trophy competition.
after retiring in 1968 he held a series of positions in the indian board including as manager of the side that toured england in 1990 — one of tendulkar’s first overseas tours.
he died in a hospital in mumbai after a recent bout of ill health reports said.