Former Indian Cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Passes Away


ODI Debutant
Mar 25, 2011
NEW DELHI: The condition of former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who is suffering from lung infection, continues to be critical on Thursday.

"Mansur Ali Khan continues to remain critically ill in the ICU. He is on very high level of oxygen support requiring intermittent Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BIPAP). He is conscious and his cardiac function remains stable. He is being monitored very closely," a bulletin issued by the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said.

70-year-old Pataudi was admitted to the hospital last month following severe lung infection.

After investigations, he was found to be suffering from interstitial lung disease, a condition in which the passage of oxygen to the two lungs is less than normal.

"He is suffering from a disease which does not have proper or permanent cure. It takes time for the patient to recover," a doctor with the hospital said.

He is being closely monitored by a team of pulmonologists and critical care specialists, the bulletin said.

Pataudi, regarded as one of the finest Indian captains, played 46 Tests for the country, scoring 2793 runs for an average of 34.91 with an unbeaten 203 being his highest score.

In all, he smashed six centuries and 16 fifties in his career.
He's passed away now.

May his soul rest in peace. A huge loss for Indian cricket.
this is the father of bollywood star Saif Ali Khan
Former Indian Captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi passed away.

Father of Saif ali khan and former indian captain Passed away.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un
Sad to hear that

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un

One of my favorite Indian Cricketer.... charm, personality, manners, intellect and the determination to do good even after losing his one eye at the peak of his career and yet making a come back!
The man who turned the Indian cricket team from a bunch of self-hating, timid, afraid and under confident losers to a side who actually believed they could compete with the best.

My respects to the Nawab of Pataudi, may he RIP.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un

True colossus of Indian cricket....

He was also the first cousin of ex-PCB chief and former Pakistan foreign secretary Shahryar Khan.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un

Great loss to Indian cricket. Always said the right thing.
Inna lilahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un

Loss to cricket, quite sad. Whichever article I have read about him always points to his courage and braveness. Not surprised he was given the tiger tag and rightly so playing on after losing vision in one eye, that is determination to succeed which he did.

Am I right in thinking he was Shareer khan former PCB chairmans 1st cousin?
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Mansoor Ali Khan (Toger) Pataudi passes away

He visited Pakistan in 1978 with the Indian tourists but a former Indian Captain and a wonderful cricketer- he lost vision in one eye yet continued playing cricket

May he Rest in Peace - he was also the husband of the famous Indian actress Sharmila Tagaore.

Here is a tribute from Giles Clarke of ECB (Offical Media Release)

ECB Chairman pays tribute to the Nawab of Pataudi Jr.

ECB Chairman Giles Clarke today paid tribute to the former Indian Test captain, the 9th Nawab of Pataudi Jr, whose death was announced earlier today.

Born in India, but educated in England, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi overcame the loss of vision in his right eye following a car crash to become a successful international cricketer, playing 46 Test Matches for his country between 1961 and 1975. He also captained OxfordUniversity and Sussex.

Nicknamed ‘Tiger’, the Nawab’s father, the 8th Nawab, Iftikhar Ali Khan, represented both England and India in Tests and the family name lives on in the shape of the Pataudi Trophy which is currently held by England as winners of the recent Test series between the two countries.

Giles Clarke said: “The Nawab was a very talented batsman and fine cricketer who will be remembered as one of India’s greatest ever captains and he also made a significant contribution to the game as an administrator. He will be much missed in cricketing circles both in this country and in India and we send our sympathies and condolences to his family. “
There is a thread on this already, also Tiger spelt incorrectly. Come on MOD wots up
Rest in Peace.

He is also first cousin of Isfandyar Pataudi a Pakistani General who is rumored to be next in line to replace current ISI chief General Pasha.
this is the father of bollywood star Saif Ali Khan

What the hell is that have to do with this NEWS? People respect him as a cricketer and the captain of our team, so please keep bollywood out of this.

Rest in peace.

Don't know much about him, but this picture is on the front page of cricinfo. Looks like a complete boss!

What the hell is that have to do with this NEWS? People respect him as a cricketer and the captain of our team, so please keep bollywood out of this.

Overreaction much?

I'm almost positive Rana didn't mean any harm with that statement. In fact, I don't see how that statement could even be perceived as offensive.
Sorry if I offended any hardcore bollywood fans here, that certainly was not my intention.
Inna lillahi Wa inna ilaihi rajioon

May his soul RIP

One of the few cricket legends of India who really supported Test cricket over other formats . He is the father of Saif Ali Khan and related to former PCB chairman Sheheryar Ali Khan .
What the hell is that have to do with this NEWS? People respect him as a cricketer and the captain of our team, so please keep bollywood out of this.

Rest in peace.

sorry! Didnt mean to offend anyone by telling that this was Saif Ali Khan's dad!
Sad News I just had his and Hanif Mohommads pic as my display on FB very charasmatic personality.
another relative of his served in the Pakistan Army , General Sher Ali Khan . Also a member of Pakistan's polo team .

RIP...most people know him as father of actor Saif Ali Khan......never knew that he was a cricketer.
Innallahi wa in elahi rajioon.

Heard a lot about Pataudi's courage and charisma. RIP!
May his soul rest in peace. Haven't seen him playing, but heard a lot of him. A total celebrity family!
Found this on cricinfo:

"I am devastated, I had no idea he was in hospital ... he was a contemporary of my cousin Javed Burki, and what I heard from my cousins, and from his contemporaries, was that had he not lost his eye apparently, he was a genius of great proportions. Anyone who knows batting, knows that it's difficult to play with one eye, specially [to play] fast bowling. What he achieved with one eye, the sort of ability he had, what sort of a player he could have become... In Pakistan, to us he was also a cricketer who was a crowd puller."
Imran Khan, the former Pakistan captain, says Pataudi was a crowd favourite across the border as well
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un

The man carried himself with class.
Rest in Peace ! :(

Huge loss. What an absolute legend ! IMO our greatest captain ever, will never be forgotten.
Cricinfo's tributes

'The most charismatic cricketer of his generation'
"It is a terrible news for me, he brought me up and guided me. I can't even express myself, it is one of my saddest days. He was a great human being, a great cricketer, a great fielder, shrewd captain, it is really sad. He always guided the youngsters. I was very close to him, so I can't really forget the way he brought me up. He was my first captain under whom I played. Whatever career I had, it stands on him."
Former India batsman Gundappa Viswanath is crestfallen at the passing of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

"It is an extremely painful loss for me. Unbearable and shocking loss. He was one of the greatest captains to lead India. He gave a new face to Indian cricket and emphasised on the role of quality fielding. He was primarily responsible for developing India's spin quartet in an aggressive role similar to what the West Indians had later in form of the pace quartet. He always believed that teams have to bowl at least 80 to 85 attacking overs out of 100 overs."
Erapalli Prasanna, the former India spinner, lauds Pataudi's captaincy skills

"It is a great personal loss, he was a very dear personal friend, he was my first captain, I learnt a lot from him. He was by far the best Indian captain to my mind of thinking. He was the first leader of Indian cricket who told everybody in the dressing room, 'look you are not playing for Delhi, Punjab, Madras, Calcutta or Bombay, you are playing for India. You are Indian.' That left a very very good mark on the minds of youngsters who played under him.

"His faith in the spinners was absolute and we all prospered under his captaincy, he guided us so comfortably and serenely, the spin quartet had the highest regard for him... We won't find the likes of him in a long, long time. His voice cannot be filled. A great, great chapter of Indian cricket has come to a close."
Former India captain Bishen Bedi says we won't see another Pataudi

"It is a big shock for me. It is too early for him to depart.. just 70 years. A great captain, always attacking and aggressive.. never defensive at any stage. He always focused on trying to win the match and would go all out to win. We had four spinners then, and I, especially, was extremely lucky to have had him as a captain."
Former India legspinner Bhagwat Chandrasekar is grateful to have had Pataudi as a captain

"Tiger Pataudi was my first captain. When I played my first Test in 1969, he was not just a nawab, royalty, but also already a superstar. When I walked out one morning to have breakfast at the CCI (Cricket Club of India) where the Indians players lived during a Mumbai Test, he invited me over to share a table with him and I'll never forget that. He was captain of India, a nawab and I was a debutant. He taught the Indian team how to win, he brought about its transformation convinced us that we could beat strong sides, even with limited resources, even by having basically three bowlers. He was aggressive but didn't shout on the field, nothing of the sort, his thinking about the game was that if you were playing for the country, you didn't have to be treated like children; you didn't need motivation or baby talk.

"He treated us all as equals, as a captain he was totally professional on the field, aggressive, attacking. It didn't strike me then, but when I played against other captains, I realised just how attacking he was, I realised he was the best captain I had every played under. Off the field he was an extrovert, he loved going out, socialising, late night partying and often he said to me, 'you take cricket too seriously, you're young, enjoy your life. If you are too emotional about it and take it too seriously, you will be an unhappy man'."
Former India opening batsman, Chetan Chauhan, remembers Pataudi's zest for life

"Tiger Pataudi was the most charismatic cricketer of his generation. To bat with almost zero vision in one eye and still to score nearly 3000 runs and half a dozen centuries in Test cricket tells you what a genius he was. He will be terribly missed and it's a huge loss to the game of cricket."
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar puts Pataudi's achievements in context

"I am shocked to hear the news of Tiger Pataudi's demise. He was an exemplary individual, who guided Indian cricket to unprecedented heights, as batsman, fielder and captain. He revolutionised fielding standards in the Indian team, and across the country. In an age wherein a draw was considered as good as a win, Tiger Pataudi encouraged his players to go flat out for victory. He was an aggressive batsman who excelled in crisis situations, and showed the nation how to combat adversity. I join my colleagues in the BCCI to express my condolences at his passing away. His services to Indian cricket will never be forgotten."
BCCI president N Srinivasan pays tribute to Pataudi

"We are very sad to hear of Tiger Pataudi's untimely death. He was a legendary figure for his country, and is fondly remembered for all he contributed to Sussex Cricket. I met him at the recent Test match at The Oval when he was very much looking forward to visiting us at Hove later this year. It has come as a great shock to us all and our condolences from everyone associated with Sussex Cricket go to his family."
Sussex Chairman Jim May offers his commiserations on the death of Pataudi, who played 88 first-class matches for Sussex between 1957 and 1970

"He was a legend for us and we have never seen him play. He was a romantic figure, an absolute legend. I have always heard stories of Tiger, how he changed Indian cricket. He had a huge impact beyond his sheer performance in the cricket field. He was a huge inspirational figure. Even after so many years whenever you talk to legends of cricket, they always talk about him with awe and respect. He will definitely go down as an all time great, who had influenced not only on the cricket field but beyond it as well. He made the game popular in India with his sheer personality and performances. He led the team in the different way. He was a leader for us and he always stood with the current lot of players. In 2002, when we had problem with ICC with the central contract system, Mr. Pataudi backed us along with Madan Lal. I met him briefly in England at the Oval, after the Test series. We spoke briefly and now when I think about it, I regret that I couldn't spend more time talking to him."
Rahul Dravid wishes he could have spent more time with Pataudi

"I am extremely saddened hearing the news about Pataudi passing away. My heartfelt condolence to his family and may his soul rest in peace. I had known him personally and even met him a few times. There was lot of class and dignity about the man. Due to an accident he lost one eye and was yet successful at the international level, just goes on to show how good a player he was. The most positive thing about him was that he was very honest and always had the good of Indian cricket at heart."
Sourav Ganguly remembers Pataudi for his class and dignity

"It's a terrible loss to the cricketing world. I had the privilege of meeting him on a few occasions. World cricket will miss a hero like him. I really respected him."Sachin Tendulkar mourns the loss of a cricketing hero

"I am devastated, I had no idea he was in hospital ... he was a contemporary of my cousin Javed Burki, and what I heard from my cousins, and from his contemporaries, was that had he not lost his eye apparently, he was a genius of great proportions. Anyone who knows batting, knows that it's difficult to play with one eye, specially [to play] fast bowling. What he achieved with one eye, the sort of ability he had, what sort of a player he could have become... In Pakistan, to us he was also a cricketer who was a crowd puller."
Imran Khan, the former Pakistan captain, says Pataudi was a crowd favourite across the border as well

A republican prince

Mansur Ali Khan, the Nawab of Pataudi, was that curious hybrid: a republican prince. Both parts of his personality came together to create the larger-than-life legend that he became, first as an active cricketer and then through the long afterlife that is the lot of every famous sportsman.

His father, the eighth Nawab of Pataudi, was the ruler of a minor principality but a cricketer of considerable distinction. It was a very colonial distinction: educated at Balliol College, Oxford, Pataudi Sr played first for Worcestershire and then for England as the princely subject of a far-flung empire. Before India's independence, in 1946, when his son was five years old, he achieved the double distinction of playing Test cricket for two countries: he captained India against his old team, England.

His son had much to live up to as he came of age in the first decade of the young republic. Born into great privilege (his mother was, in her own right, the Begum of a much grander princely state, Bhopal) he was orphaned early. He was schooled for the most part in England, where he broke all of Douglas Jardine's batting records at Winchester - which gave him particular satisfaction because Jardine and his father had had a famous falling out over the ethics of Bodyline bowling. He gave notice that he wasn't just the son of a famous man but a cricketing prodigy who was likely to eclipse his father.

India in the fifties was a proud young republic, but for its middle classes an education at a famous English public school and thereafter at Oxford still had great cachet. Certainly one reason why Pataudi became India's Test captain after Charlie Griffith broke Nari Contractor's head in the West Indies was because he had captained both Winchester and Oxford. He was absurdly young, just 21, the youngest Test captain in the history of the game. In terms of Test match experience someone like Chandu Borde had the larger claim, but Pataudi's lineage, his English exploits and the fact that he had scored a fifty and a hundred in his first Test series against England persuaded the selectors that he was fit to lead.

It was an extraordinary gamble, the risk mitigated perhaps because the selectors knew they were betting on an extraordinary man. All the runs Pataudi had scored in his young Test career had been made with one functional eye. At the age of 20 he had damaged his right eye in a car accident. He wasn't just a prince; he was already a hero who had overcome a career-ending disability with such savoir faire that the selectors probably felt he could do anything. And they were right.

So from the very start of his Test career, Pataudi was a kind of legend. Schoolboys in the sixties spent inordinate amounts of time trying to work out whether his right eye was real or made of glass. He was the debonair one-eyed prince who had out-Englished the English and who was going to help India master this great colonial game. His pedigree, his poshness, his flair, his epic disregard for his handicap, spoke to the anxieties and aspirations of a young republic, and to its hunger for heroes.

Pataudi played 46 Tests and he captained India in 40 of them. It's hard to believe his career was more or less over before he was 30, so completely did he dominate India's cricketing imagination for a decade. The last series of his eight-year run as captain (before he was replaced by Ajit Wadekar) was the five-Test thriller against Bill Lawry's Australians in 1969, which India lost 3-1. It was the year he married one of Bombay cinema's most celebrated heroines, Sharmila Tagore. Pataudi's considerable charisma was now gilded with stardust.

Like Shammi Kapoor and the Beatles, Pataudi's heyday was the sixties. Between 1962 and 1970, he captained India in 36 Tests, of which India won seven - not, on the face of it, a remarkable record as captain. What the figures conceal is the panache and flair with which he led sides who ranged from middling to poor. He led India to their first series win abroad, against New Zealand, a notable achievement for a side who had always travelled badly.

Faced by a famine of fast bowlers, Pataudi rejected the orthodoxy of a "balanced" bowling attack and bet the house on attacking spinners. His greatest legacy was the golden age of Indian spin bowling, featuring that remarkable quartet, Bedi, Chandrasekhar, Prasanna and Venkataraghavan. To back them up he helped create the best cordon of close-in fielders Indian cricket had ever seen: Eknath Solkar, Wadekar, Venkatraghavan and Abid Ali. He led by example; he was India's best cover fielder right through his career.

As a batsman he hit half a dozen centuries and 16 fifties for a respectable average, 34.91. Did he count as a batsman? Yes he did. There were the two fifties he made against Bob Simpson's Australians that helped India win the Bombay Test in 1964. There was the fifty and the hundred in a losing cause at Headingley in 1967. India lost every Test in that series, but listening to Test Match Special on the BBC's World Service, Indians were content that their hero had top scored in India's first innings and then hit a wonderful 148 out of a total of 510 to avoid a follow-on. (India lost respectably, by six wickets).

Listening to John Arlott and Brian Johnston speculate about the batting heights Pataudi might have scaled with two good eyes, his countrymen forgave him all the innings when he had scored nothing and hadn't seemed to care. Best of all, there were the two fifties he hit against the Australians in the Melbourne Test of 1967-68, where, literally hamstrung, he hit 75 and 85, "with one good eye and on one good leg… " (Mihir Bose, A History of Indian Cricket). India still lost by an innings, but Indians were used to finding individual consolation in collective failure and the thought of Pataudi, hobbled but heroic, hooking and pulling his way to gallant defeat, was consolation enough.

He wasn't part of the history-making team who won away series against West Indies and England in 1971, having been dropped as captain and replaced by Wadekar. To add insult to injury, by the end of that landmark year he wasn't a Nawab either: Indira Gandhi abolished princely titles and the privy purses that went with them.

With hindsight, he should have retired then but didn't. He returned to Test cricket to play part of a series under Wadekar's captaincy against a touring English side, and then made an unexpected comeback as captain, when Wadekar retired after a disastrous tour of England in 1974, having lost everything. Pataudi led India in four of the five Tests during West Indies' 1974 tour, and though the rubber was a thriller (West Indies won 3-2), he personally had a terrible run with the bat. The swansong was a mistake; he was too slow for the game at the highest level and it showed.

But given his achievement, this was a minor misjudgment. When Pataudi took charge of the Indian team, it was a team who didn't believe they could win or bowl the opposition out twice. He left them ready to hold their own against any opposition, with the self-belief necessary for success.

In retirement he dabbled unsuccessfully in electoral politics, edited a sports magazine, and briefly became an expert commentator. He had a brilliant television manner: sharp, sardonic, and occasionally rude. When Asif Iqbal led the Pakistan team to India, Pataudi chatted to him on camera. He asked Iqbal, deadpan, if he planned to change countries again. Asif Iqbal had migrated to Pakistan as a 17-year-old after playing cricket for Hyderabad, Pataudi's first-class team, and the great man hadn't forgotten. The audience drew in a sharp breath, Asif, to his great credit, smiled, and the moment passed. It was a quintessentially Pataudi moment.

Luckily he didn't make it a living and his fans didn't have to watch him age into a television hack. A natural reserve also had him keep his distance from India's cricket establishment, except for a brief, ill-fated stint with the IPL. He remained untouched by the squabbles and sleaze that attended cricket's transformation into big business in India. As a consequence, death finds him happily embalmed in fond radio memories: still tigerish in the covers, still a prince amongst men.

A man of opposites
Spending an hour with Tiger Pataudi was often a matter of trying to get a reaction from granite; he could put you off not by what he said but by what he didn't. And spending an hour with Tiger Pataudi could also be a pain in the gut because he could make you laugh until it hurt.

And that is what Pataudi was: aloof yet witty, plain but direct, regal yet casual. He was so many opposites that eventually you stopped trying to classify him.

He was the man you could weave legends around: being hit on the jaw by Andy Roberts, then hitting Vanburn Holder for a straight six, then hitting four fours in succession in front of 90,000, hitting 85 at the MCG, which Ray Robinson described as one of the gutsiest innings ever at that ground, becoming a legend in the covers - and to think that he did all this with only one eye. Sunil Gavaskar described it well: if you want to appreciate the genius of Pataudi, spend a day with an eye closed and then try to light a candle.

He was the absentee editor of the magazine for which I worked, Sportsworld. He lived in Delhi; we slaved in Calcutta. He had discovered the magic of decentralisation and empowerment before liberalisation. The magazine, structured by twenty-something-year-olds, was one in the editing of which Pataudi scarcely took an active interest. His name would decorate the tombstone. And then suddenly one day the Sportsworld peon would come in carrying a scroll from the telex room headlined with the words "editorial by mak pataudi". Every typewriter key would freeze mid-air as owners pounced to read the mind of the man who usually dared to differ.

Even though he never edited the magazine, he probably read every word that went into it. In 1987, Pataudi, Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath and I went on a trip to Tihar jail at the behest of Kenneth Larkins (jailed on charges of espionage), who was arranging cricket matches to enhance a sense of reform. Pictures were clicked. Three days later Pataudi nixed the scoop on the grounds that this was akin to glorifying someone who had sold the country. Two years later, convinced that Pataudi was not looking, a picture of the visit was used. The following week a telex message arrived addressed to me: "I thought we had an agreement."

He was a man who trusted his instincts; like on the last morning of the Eden Gardens Test against West Indies in 1974-75, when he continued to persist in having an erratic Bhagwat Chandrasekhar bowl to a plundering Clive Lloyd. A couple of overs later, Chandra bowled Lloyd, the West Indians panicked, and India won an unforgettable Test. I tried reading his mind. Why had he persisted with Chandra? Pataudi would not tell, not because it was a profound secret but because deep down he probably knew that it was only a gambler's gut that could not be intellectualised.

Pataudi seldom proffered advice on his own volition, but the rare occasion when he did was when Kapil Dev was dropped from the Indian team after a reckless shot that supposedly lost India the Test, and in the reams that were written immediately thereafter, the one that cut through the clutter was a private message that Pataudi, then editing Sportsworld, sent to Kapil: "Whatever you do, don't speak to the media." The one-liner saved Kapil from making things worse and he was promptly recalled a Test later.

If you got to know him well, he would tell you difficult-to-believe stories of maharajas and cricketers. He was in England when the privy purse was abolished and someone at the ground asked how his name should go up on the scoreboard now that "Nawab of Pataudi" had become an anachronism. He replied: "As far as I care, you can call me John Smith."

Pataudi was the last bridge between the medieval and the modern. Never again will we have a 21-year-old leading India, never again will there be a cricketing blue-blood keeping his place on merit, never again will there be someone who could probably claim, "My father played for England… and India".

An age has ended. In more senses than one.
Very sad news:(..... Was shocked by it as he was recently very active on TV channels following the England-India Test series.

My heartfelt condolences to his survivors:53:. Rest in peace Nawaab Sahib........
Some people can't be judged by mere statistics. Tiger Pataudi was one of them. It's a tragedy that statistics won't place him among the all time greats even though he was a genius.

If not among the all time greats, Tiger Pataudi deserves a place among those elite names who made new ways to play cricket, showed new dimension in leading teams and above all has been an an inspiration and showed how to fight against the greatest odd and emerge victorious.
another relative of his served in the Pakistan Army , General Sher Ali Khan . Also a member of Pakistan's polo team .


Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un

Apparantly he was also a cousin of Shahryar Khan as well on his mothers side.
I see , half of his family is Pakistani. The family has given some great servants to both the countries. None as charismatic and influential as Tiger though, stands out in the family tree.
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He is dad of Saif ali Khan the Actor..... surprized that this is not being reported....
I see , half of his family is Pakistani. The family has given some great servants to both the countries. None as charismatic and influential as Tiger though, stands out in the family tree.

Well his first cousin Isfandyar Ali Khan Pataudi is the deputy DG of ISI. That is something really influential in my opinion.
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