The Nawab of Pataudi Passed Away

The Nawab of Pataudi Passed Away

September 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work) : Mansur Ali Khan, the Nawab of Pataudi, fondly know as “The Tiger’ by millions of cricket fans of India, passed away at a Delhi hospital at the age of 70, due to respiratory failure leading to cardiac arrest.

It’s a sad moment for India, and the world of cricket around the globe.

One of India’s finest cricket captains, Pataudi played 46 Tests, scoring 2,793 runs with six centuries over a career span of 15 years.

When Nariman Contractor, then the skipper of Indian team, received a fatal head injury by Charlie Griffith in 1962, Mansur Ali Khan, a 21-year-old newbie in the international cricket arena with only five Tests to his credit, was forced into captaincy mid-series against West Indies.

Pataudi, “the dazzling young talent,” rose to the occasion and reigned Indian cricket team for the next eight years. Under his tenure, India won its first Test series abroad against New Zealand in 1967-68, and a total of nine victories out of 40 Tests.

Pataudi’s romantic involvement with Sharmila Tagore, the most successful Hindi movie heroine and the heart throb of millions at the time, was nothing but a fairy-tale, which turned into the biggest union of glamour and sports. The couple parented a son – renowned actor Saif Ali Khan, and two daughters – Soha and Saba. Soha also is an actress in the Hindi film industry.

We are sad that India lost a true tiger!

Our prayers and condolence are with the mourning family.

-- Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work