October 3, 2011

Indian cricket

The canny captain from Pataudi

Nikita Bastian

Tiger Pataudi's nephew Saad Bin Jung on his recollections of his uncle, in Deccan Chronicle. Pataudi, he says, had an uncanny knack of solving the most difficult of cricket problems by breaking it down into simple, uncomplicated and implementable solutions.

I was but 15, throwing a hard plastic ball at him [Pataudi] in the veranda in Delhi. He didn’t see the yorker nor the bouncer. He knew that and I knew that, yet he went out and faced Andy Roberts, Bernard Julian and Vanburn Holder and levelled the series 2-2 only to lose the last Test. A few years later, when I played Malcolm Marshall I understood the magnitude of the hurdle he had crossed, I recognised his braveness and his sheer determination and I acknowledged his genius ...

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