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Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Jan 05, 1941 - Sep 22, 2011

 Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi


  • Name : Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
  • Date of Birth : Jan 05, 1941
  • Passed Away On : Sep 22, 2011
  • Religion : Muslim
  • Death Place : Bhopal
  • Address : New Delhi
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Life Summary

    NAME: Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
    DATE OF BIRTH: 5 January 1941
    PASSED AWAY ON: 22 September 2011
    PLACE OF BIRTH: Bhopal
    DEATH PLACE: New Delhi
    OCCUPATION: Cricket Player


    Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was an Indian Cricket Player who was nicknamed ad Tiger Pataudi.


    Mansoor Ali Khan was the son of the famous cricketer Iftikhar Ali Khan. He was born in the city of Bhopal. His father died while playing polo in Delhi on Mansoor's eleventh birthday in the year 1952. Thus, Mansoor succeeded as the ninth Nawab.

    The princely state of Pataudi had been merged with India after the end of the British Era in the year 1947. But, he held the ‘Pataudi’ title until the entitlements were abolished by the Government of India through the 26th Amendment to the Constitution of India in the year 1971.

    His Education:
    Pataudi received his education at Minto Circle inAligarh. Later on he went to Welham Boy’s School in Dehradun (Uttarakhand).
    He also went to Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire. It is here that he received coaching by Frank Woolley. He also went to Winchester College. 
    He learned Arabic and French at Ballilol College Oxford. 

    His Career:
    Mansoor came to be known as Pataudi Junior during his cricket career. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler. During his school days he was batting prodigy at Winchester. He had a sharp vision and thus always had focus on the ball. 

    He captained the school team in the year 1959 and scored 1,068 runs that season thereby beating the school record set in the year 1919 by Douglas Jardine.
    He also won the public schools rackets championship, with partner Christopher Snell.

    He made his first-class debut for Sussex in August in the year 1957 at the age of 16.  He also played for Oxford while he was at the university and was the first Indian captain there.
    On 1 July 1961, he met with an accident while sitting in a car in Hove. A piece of glass from the broken windscreen penetrated his right eye and thus his eye was damaged permanently. 
    Dr. David St Clair Roberts operated on his eyes and saved one of his eyes. But, due to the damage caused Pataudi started seeing doubled images. Also, it was feared that this would end his cricketing career, but Pataudi was soon on the ground and learned to play with just one eye. 

    Within six months of his eye injury, he made his Test debut playing against England in Delhi in December 1961. He played with his cap pulled down over his damaged right eye. He scored 103 in the Third Test in Madras, helping India to win its first series win against England.

    He was appointed as the Vice-Captain for the tour to the West Indies in the year 1962. In the month of March in 1962, Mansoor became the Captain of the Indian cricket team. It was due to the injury sustained by the sitting captain Nari Contractor who was ruled out of the Fourth Test in Barbados. He got injured while batting against Charlie Griffith in a tour match against Barbados.
    He played in 46 Test matches for India between the years 1961 and 1975, scoring 2,793 runs at a Test batting average of 34.91, including 6 Test centuries.
    Mansoor was captain of the Indian cricket team in 40 of his 46 matches, only 9 of which resulted in victory for his team, with 19 defeats and 19 draws. 
    His victories included India's first ever Test match win overseas against New Zealand in the year 1968. He lost the captaincy of the Indian cricket team for the tour to the West Indies in the years 1970-71, and did not play Tests from 1970 to 1972. 

    He returned to India for the Third Test against England and was side captained by Ajit Wadekar in the year 1973. 
    He captained India against West Indies in the years 1974-75, but was finally dropped as a player in 1975.

    •At the age of 21 years and 77 days, he held the world record for the youngest Test captain until he was surpassed by Tatenda Taibu in May 2004. 
    •As of November 2015, he remained the youngest Indian Test captain and second youngest International Test captain worldwide.
    •He was an Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in the year1962
    •Wisden Cricketer of the Year in the year 1968. 
    •He published an autobiography, Tiger's Tale, in the year1969
    •He was the manager of the India team in the years 1974-5, and referee for two Ashes Tests in the year 1993.
    •He was later elected as a member of the council of the Indian Premier League.
    • In the year 2007, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of India's Test debut, the Marylebone Cricket Club has commissioned a trophy for Test match series between India and England which was named the Pataudi Trophy in honour of his father, the 8th Nawab.

    Personal Life
    Mansoor married Indian film actress Sharmila Tagore on 27 December 1969. They had three children
    •Saif Ali Khan, a Bollywwod actor who was born on 16 August 1970
    •Saba Ali Khan, a jewellery designer, born in the year 1976
    •And Soha Ali Khan, a Bollywood actress, born on 4th October 1978

    His Death:
    Pataudi was suffering from acute lung infection caused by chronic Interstitial Lung disease which prevented his lungs from exchanging oxygen properly.
    He was admitted to New Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on 22 September 2011. He died due to respiratory failure the same day and His body was buried at Pataudi near Delhi on the following day i.e. 23 September 2011. 

    His funeral was attended by large number of people viz. Cricketers, Film actors, directors and producers etc.



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