M.K.Mantri

Country: India
Born: September 01, 1921, Nasik, Maharashtra
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Died: May 23, 2014, Mumbai, (aged 92y 264d)

M.K.Mantri Bio

Madhav Krishnaji Mantri, popularly known as Madhav Mantri, was born on March 1, 1921, in Mumbai, India. He was an accomplished cricketer who made significant contributions to Indian cricket as an opening batsman and wicketkeeper. Although he wasn’t able to secure a permanent spot in the national team, his consistent performances in domestic cricket earned him a notable reputation.

Mantri embarked on his international career during the early 1950s, a time when Indian cricket was still in its formative years. Despite being overshadowed by more established players in his position, he managed to showcase his talent and skills on a couple of overseas tours. In 1952, he made his debut for India’s tour of England, where he amassed a total of 550 runs at an average of 22.91, accompanied by 39 dismissals behind the stumps. In his first Test match, he provided a solid start to the team’s innings, contributing 39 runs in a 75-run opening partnership with Pankaj Roy. One of his memorable performances came in the Lord’s Test, where he excelled with both gloves and caught three dismissals, including a stumping.

Though his international career didn’t reach great heights, Mantri’s true brilliance flourished in domestic cricket. Representing Bombay (now Mumbai) in the prestigious Ranji Trophy, he exhibited consistent performances over a remarkable span of 25 years. During this period, he amassed a staggering 2,787 runs in first-class matches, achieving an impressive average of 50.67. One of the highlights of his career was a majestic double century (200) against Maharashtra in the 1948-49 season, becoming one of the three consecutive centuries he scored in as many matches.

Mantri possessed a safe pair of hands behind the stumps, accounting for 193 dismissals in first-class cricket, with 137 of them being catches. His skills as a wicketkeeper were unparalleled, and he was renowned for his ability to read the game, keeping the batsmen under constant pressure.

Beyond his cricketing achievements, Mantri holds a special place in Indian cricketing history as the uncle of one of India’s greatest cricketers, Sunil Gavaskar. He passed on his knowledge and love for the sport to his nephew, who went on to become a cricketing legend in his own right.

After retiring from active cricket, Mantri continued to contribute to Indian cricket in various administrative roles. He served as the President of the Mumbai Cricket Association and played a pivotal role in nurturing young talents and developing the infrastructure to enhance the sport.

Madhav Mantri’s career can be defined by his consistency, dedication, and love for the game. Though he may not have achieved the same recognition as some of his contemporaries, his impact on Indian cricket is undeniable. His contributions as a batsman, wicketkeeper, and mentor have left an indelible mark on the cricketing landscape of India. Even today, he is remembered as a true ambassador and an unsung hero of Indian cricket.

M.K.Mantri Career Stats

M.K.Mantri Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 8 1 67 39 9.57 - - 0 0 - 0 8 1
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FC 95 141 11 4403 200 33.86 - - 7 26 - - 136 56
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

M.K.Mantri Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
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ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 95 - 187 121 3 2/38 - 40.33 3.88 62.3 - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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