Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) organised the birth centenary celebrations of legendary cricketers Cottari Subbanna Nayudu, MM Jagdale and Captain Syed Mushtaq Ali, at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Monday.
Former Indian test cricketer Madhavrao Apte was the chief guest at the programme.
MPCA president Sanjay Jagdale and chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia, along with Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh Ranji team members, graced the occasion.
Recalling old memories, Apte, a distinguished cricketer, who played seven Tests for the country between 1952 and 1953, said that watching a player like Mushtaq Ali batting on the wicket was really a pleasing experience.
“Captain Mushtaq Ali’s technique was close to perfection. During his time, batsmen used to play with bats that were about two pound 20 ounces, while current generation batsmen use bat that weighed about two pounds and 30 ounces, but Mushtaq used bats that were about two pound and 10 ounces, about 20 ounces lighter than the bats used by today’s players”. “If you go for a light bat, it doesn’t have enough mass to hammer the ball hard, but still Mushtaq was able to hammer the ball across the boundary,” Apte said.