Mansoor Ali Khan (M.A.K.) Pataudi passed away on September 22, 2011. Popularly known as Tiger Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan (Nawab of Pataudi) was a great cricketer, former captain of the Indian team and an icon figure in India and Pakistan. He was the father of Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan and jewelry designer Saba Ali Khan and the husband of yesteryear actress Sharmila Tagore. He is the first cousin of Shahryar Muhammad Khan, former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan (1990 – 1994) and former chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (2003-2006). His uncle was Major General Nawabzada Sher Ali Khan of Pataudi who later served as Adjutant General of the Pakistan Army. M.A.K. Pataudi was the son of Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi also a cricketer who played for the England and India. He was the grand son of Hameedullah Khan, one of the closest allies of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during the Pakistan movement.
M.A.K Pataudi also knows as Tiger Pataudi played cricket between 1961 and 1975. He was a right handed batsman and right arm medium bowler who played 46 Test matches. He scored a total of 2793 Test runs at an average of 34.9 runs per inning with six centuries and 16 fifties. He has a total of 15425 first class runs and was one of the few early Indian cricketers who played in the English county playing for Sussex County. He was the youngest Test captain in the history of the game until Tatenda Taibu of Zimbabwe took over in 2004. He still holds the record of the youngest Indian Test captain.
Pataudi lost vision in one eye in a car accident at an early age and was it thought to be the end of his cricketing career. However he surprised everybody when returned to the field and was also soon appointed the captain of the Indian team in 1962 at a young age of 21. Former Indian captain Sunil Gawaskar termed the Nawab as a genius who defied all odds to become one of the great cricketers of his era. “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” said Gawaskar
Immediately after the news of his death, both cricket and film fraternity were all passing their deepest condolences to the grieved family. Here are few of the early reactions on Twitter:
Please leave your comments below to honor the great Tiger Pataudi
Amitabh Bachchan: Sad news .. Tiger Pataudi passes away..!!
Madhur Bhandarkar: Sad to hear that Tiger Pataudi is no more… An era ends…
Neha Dhupia: Very Sad to hear about the demise of tiger Pataudi … RIP.
Shreya Ghoshal: Former cricketer Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi passes away. R.I.P.
Riteish Deshmukh: True Cricketing LEGEND passes away.
Boman Irani: MAK Pataudi passes away! RIP
Rahul Bose: Distraught to hear about Tiger Pataudi’s demise. He was a great captain, player, gentleman & my coach for a summer. Will never forget him.
Arbaaz Khan: RIP Tiger Pataudi. One of the India’s finest captains.
Dia Mirza: So saddened… Tiger Pataudi RIP. We will never forget your contribution and charisma. God grant his family strength.
Satish Kaushik: RIP Tiger Pataudi…India finest captains, great cricketer..cricket fans will always remember him.
His funeral to be held in Pataudi today afternoon
A rare video of Mansoor Ali Khan batting
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