India news September 22, 2011

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi dies aged 70

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Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who overcame an impaired eye to become a visionary and pioneering captain of the Indian Test team, has died in Dehli at the age of 70. He was suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung infection for which there is no cure. He is survived by his wife Sharmila Tagore, his son Saif Ali Khan and his two daughters Soha and Saba Ali Khan. Tagore, Saif and Soha are prominent actors in India's film industry.

Pataudi played 46 Tests between 1961 and 1975 and was arguably India's greatest captain. He was given the leadership in his fourth Test, when he was 21, in Barbados in 1962, because the regular captain Nari Contractor was in hospital after getting hit on the head by Charlie Griffith. Pataudi was the youngest Test captain, a record that stood until 2004. He led India in 40 Tests and had a successful career despite impaired vision in his right eye, which was damaged in a car accident. He also captained Sussex and Oxford University.

India won nine Tests under Pataudi and it was during his tenure that the team began to believe it could succeed. He advocated the multi-spinner strategy because he believed India needed to play to their strengths and used it to achieve their first overseas Test win, in Dunedin in 1968. India went on to record their first away series victory, beating New Zealand 3-1. Pataudi was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year that year.

Pataudi scored 2793 runs at an average of 35 and made six centuries, the biggest of which was an unbeaten 203 against England in Delhi in 1964. However, many rate his 75, scored on one leg with one eye, against Australia in Melbourne in 1967-68 as his finest. Pataudi retired in 1975 after West Indies' tour of India. After retirement, Pataudi served as a match referee between 1993 and 1996, officiating in two Tests and ten ODIs, but largely stayed away from cricket administration.

Pataudi was the ninth and last Nawab of Pataudi until 1971, when the Indian government abolished royal entitlements through the 26th Amendment to the Constitution.He was also the editor of Sportsworld, the now defunct cricket magazine, and a television commentator in the 1980s but gradually withdrew from an active role, though he remained a strong voice in Indian cricket.

Since 2007, bilateral Test series between India and England have been contested for the Pataudi Trophy, named after his family for their contribution to Anglo-Indian cricket. Pataudi's father, Iftikhar Ali Khan, represented both England and India in Tests. Pataudi had taken ill since his return from England this summer after presenting the Pataudi Trophy to Andrew Strauss at the end of the four-Test series.

Pataudi was also a consultant to the BCCI from 2007 and part of the first IPL governing council but refused to continue in the role in October 2010, when the BCCI made significant changes to the league following the sacking of Lalit Modi as its chairman. As the spate of controversies increased, Pataudi was the only member of the governing council to admit the body's culpability, saying it "failed in its role to monitor the IPL's administration and be more questioning of decisions taken." In an forceful speech at the 2010 Raj Singh Dungarpur memorial lecture at the Cricket Club of India, Pataudi had said it was the duty of the BCCI to take moral leadership of the game.

In April this year, Pataudi also took the BCCI to court in April this year, claiming the board had not abided by its contract with him while he was a consultant as well as a member of the IPL governing council.

At the opening ceremony of the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 today, Ravi Shastri called for a minute of silence in honour of Pataudi.

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  • POSTED BY on | September 24, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Tiger....yes that's what they called him TIGER. Rest in peace...

  • POSTED BY BapiDas on | September 24, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Tiger Pataudi changed the Indian cricket and pioneered the 'modern' era. Before him India played "Bat and Ball" because hardly any emphasis was on the ground fielding aspect! The Batsmen batted and the bowlers bowled, no body 'fielded' with any seriousness. Tiger was a brilliant fielder himself and transformed the team's thinking! India started playing to 'own strength' by using multi-pronged 'spin' attack. Above all Tiger made us believe that India could indeed win matches and series abroad! We must celebrate the IMMORTAL LIFE of the Tiger not mourn the death of his mortal body.

  • POSTED BY Perfect.Stranger on | September 23, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Please accept heartfelt condolences from Pakistan. He was a man of impeccable character and high moral values. I pray May Allah keep his soul in eternal peace and give his family and followers the courage to bear this irreparable loss. Amen. Peace

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    A great captain,a good individual and a non contoversial person.A mercurial fielder.I had the privilege of seeing him in 4 test matches.We kids used to imitate his style thgen.Jaisimha and Pat were all time favourites..He had no ego and played for a long time under Jaisimha for Hyd and south zone. We have truly lost a cricketing legend. May his soul RIP and condolences to his family.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | September 23, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Tiger always lived in our heats, our national animal is tiger which always lives in our heart, so does this great man Tiger Pataudi. I came to know about he was serious just around 24hrs ago and later in the night watched in the news he is no more. I still can't believe he is no more, I watched his interview in tv even in the England series and he is a part of experts panel at various tv shows where he actively expressed his opinions. He may have had one eye but that was enough for him to roar. I just wished his son followed his path and not the easy path of his mother into acting. Really I have no more words to express disappointment. May u rest in peace sir, may god bless your soul and your family.

  • POSTED BY nayonika on | September 23, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    MAK..a great cricketer,good captain,fine personality...an icon today but an idol to us in our days...RIP Tiger..

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    A legend who will never be forgotten. RIP.

  • POSTED BY vernonram on | September 23, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    For his truly astounding accomplishments on and off the cricket pitch, Pataudi Jr as he was known during his debut against England in Delhi in December 1961 was an incredibly modest and cheerful young man whose friendship I had long cherished. He will, in my estiimation, remain the first and last great Indian Test captain, a true prince in every sense of the term. Vernon Ram, Hong Kong

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Tiger Pataudi. What a player!!!It's a pity that when there are batsmen today who can't face good fast bowling having both eyes intact and helmets as additional protection, this guy scored 3000 runs and six hundreds with just one eye and without helmet. Wonder how many batting recorde he would have broken if his both eyes were intact. Tiger!!! May your soul rest in peace. You are a once in alifetime cricketer!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    I had the opportunity of watching him bat in a Ranji match between Hyd and Madras (Now Tamilnadu). The way he handled Venkat and VV Kumar with absolute ease, was simply outstanding. Though he scored only 50+, the grace with which he batted, was breathtaking. RIP, Tiger.

  • POSTED BY on | September 24, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Tiger....yes that's what they called him TIGER. Rest in peace...

  • POSTED BY BapiDas on | September 24, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Tiger Pataudi changed the Indian cricket and pioneered the 'modern' era. Before him India played "Bat and Ball" because hardly any emphasis was on the ground fielding aspect! The Batsmen batted and the bowlers bowled, no body 'fielded' with any seriousness. Tiger was a brilliant fielder himself and transformed the team's thinking! India started playing to 'own strength' by using multi-pronged 'spin' attack. Above all Tiger made us believe that India could indeed win matches and series abroad! We must celebrate the IMMORTAL LIFE of the Tiger not mourn the death of his mortal body.

  • POSTED BY Perfect.Stranger on | September 23, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Please accept heartfelt condolences from Pakistan. He was a man of impeccable character and high moral values. I pray May Allah keep his soul in eternal peace and give his family and followers the courage to bear this irreparable loss. Amen. Peace

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    A great captain,a good individual and a non contoversial person.A mercurial fielder.I had the privilege of seeing him in 4 test matches.We kids used to imitate his style thgen.Jaisimha and Pat were all time favourites..He had no ego and played for a long time under Jaisimha for Hyd and south zone. We have truly lost a cricketing legend. May his soul RIP and condolences to his family.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | September 23, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Tiger always lived in our heats, our national animal is tiger which always lives in our heart, so does this great man Tiger Pataudi. I came to know about he was serious just around 24hrs ago and later in the night watched in the news he is no more. I still can't believe he is no more, I watched his interview in tv even in the England series and he is a part of experts panel at various tv shows where he actively expressed his opinions. He may have had one eye but that was enough for him to roar. I just wished his son followed his path and not the easy path of his mother into acting. Really I have no more words to express disappointment. May u rest in peace sir, may god bless your soul and your family.

  • POSTED BY nayonika on | September 23, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    MAK..a great cricketer,good captain,fine personality...an icon today but an idol to us in our days...RIP Tiger..

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    A legend who will never be forgotten. RIP.

  • POSTED BY vernonram on | September 23, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    For his truly astounding accomplishments on and off the cricket pitch, Pataudi Jr as he was known during his debut against England in Delhi in December 1961 was an incredibly modest and cheerful young man whose friendship I had long cherished. He will, in my estiimation, remain the first and last great Indian Test captain, a true prince in every sense of the term. Vernon Ram, Hong Kong

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Tiger Pataudi. What a player!!!It's a pity that when there are batsmen today who can't face good fast bowling having both eyes intact and helmets as additional protection, this guy scored 3000 runs and six hundreds with just one eye and without helmet. Wonder how many batting recorde he would have broken if his both eyes were intact. Tiger!!! May your soul rest in peace. You are a once in alifetime cricketer!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    I had the opportunity of watching him bat in a Ranji match between Hyd and Madras (Now Tamilnadu). The way he handled Venkat and VV Kumar with absolute ease, was simply outstanding. Though he scored only 50+, the grace with which he batted, was breathtaking. RIP, Tiger.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    we will miss him he is a great loss to cricketing fraternity

  • POSTED BY Gopalakrishna on | September 23, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Its HRG again. In my earlier comments, I had referred to a Ranji Game in which Pat had written "not out" and then autographed the score sheet. The details of this match are as under. The game was played between Karnataka and Hyderabad at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore during Jan 04 to Jan 8, 1978. ML Jaisimha won the toss for Hyderabad and elected to bat. Hyderabad lost Abbas Ali Baid and Jayantilal with the score board reading 30 for 2. Pat started his innings carefully and was building the Hyderabad innings. He made 17 in a stay of 43 minutes and his innings contained only one boundary. a brace and eleven singles. EAS Prasanna had him leg before wicket for 17 which was a dubious decision. Pat had edged the ball on to his pads and he was declared leg before wicket. He returned to the pavilion in disbelief and showed no emotions on his way back. I met him during the lunch on interval, and he has autographed the score sheet "Not true" - Pataudi. {It is" not true" and not "not out"}

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    It is a great loss to Indian cricket. What a personality MAK Pataudi is! His astute leadership, that too at a tender age of 21, brought Indian cricket to glory. I am his ardent fan since I followed cricket from my school days, way back in 60's. Though he scored half a dozen centuries, his 75 runs with one leg and one eye against Australia in 1968 at Melbournei is rated amongst the cricket critics as his best knock. He was mainly responsible for grooming the Indian spin quartet, PRASANNA, BEDI, VENKAT & CHANDRA, into a striking force, which brought many glories for India. Personally, Pataudi is very humorous and kind hearted. May his soul rest in piece! I personally convey my heart felt condolences to his family members and I wish Almighty to give strength to them to bear the irreparable loss.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    MANSUR ALI KHAN PATAUDI, he was great man and make india proud with his extraordinary cricketing brain and gifted an honour to get a sereis win overseas. all indian cricketing players will always remind you. i salute you.

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1980 on | September 23, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    absolute legend. as a pakistani, I salute and honour this man. may his soul rest in peace. legend of indian and world cricket. an idol for many

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    One of d greatest captains of all time!!!

  • POSTED BY inxia on | September 23, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    Whenever I pick an all-time greatest Indian XI, I pick Pataudi as captain. Then I pick the other 10 players. It's going to take someone special to make me change my mind on that one.

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | September 23, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    RIP sir...A great thinking captain & an innovative player..If not for that accident which left him with poor vision his average could have been much more...May God rest his soul in peace and give strength to Sharmilaji,Saif,Soha and Saba to bear this irreparable loss

  • POSTED BY rasmikanta on | September 23, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    a great cricketer & visionary human being is gone

  • POSTED BY Looch on | September 23, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    A brave and gutsy player, magnificent captain and a great human being. The cricket world is now little poorer because of his passing.

  • POSTED BY Siddharth-Jha on | September 23, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    we will miss you sir.. One of the most respected and admired personalities in India. I salute you, sir ! .

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    RIP, you will always be the true and 'original' tiger, what an inspiration to be such a great leader and player who could barely use one eye. I cant imagine those days without proper protection, he scored so many runs. Pataudi you will be missed.

  • POSTED BY bohurupi on | September 22, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Pataudi was an inspiration. A magnetic cricket personality. His loss to Indian and world cricket would be felt for a long time. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  • POSTED BY cricsavvy on | September 22, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Very sad news. When I was young, have heard a lot about Tiger's bravery with one eye. A true tiger. RIP Nawab Saab.

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | September 22, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Tiger of Cricket and Lion of Love. What a charismatic character in cicket and in love world? I can't believe who can play such a confidence in cricket who have 0 vision in one eye. Indian spin is still a domiant figure in world cricket, he is the founder of spin. He knows that India physical power may natarally not so great for pace but spin may be an lethal weapon. What was the vision at that stage of cricket when pace was the most dominant figure?

  • POSTED BY CricketFirstLove on | September 22, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    The man who taught us how to win is no more. Never knew he had such a short life. With one eye he did so much imagine what could he have achieved with both. He was a charismatic person with lot of vigor and life in him. He was made of material legends are made of. The respect he commanded of his contemporaries was amazing. I have had the fortune of spending some time with him. Sad he is gone. May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    A great attacking player of spin & pace in a era when defensive batting and negative bowling were the norm. I was 10 years old when India played West Indies in Chepauk in 1966 and he scored a brilliant 40, straight driving Charlie Griffith with fierce agression as the commentators searched for words to describe the shots. I followed the 1968 tour of England on BBC radio & listened to the 148 he scored at Heddingley. The British papers screamed Nawab of Patawdi & Heddingley.

    The tiger always roared in style. He never got into arguments or public spats. He was the strategic guru of an all spin attack started in 1966 and continued until the arrival of Kapil Dev in 1978.

    I still remember Karson Ghavri's debut at Eden Garden in 1975 against the WI and the 27 runs he scored along with Vishwanath's 139. Ghavri credited Patawdi's chat with giving him the confidence to perform at that level.

    A true personality and character of world cricket had passed on. May his sould rest in pea

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | September 22, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    The Nawab of Pataudi, 'Tiger Pataudi', personified all that was great in an international cricket captain. He played hard but fairly and with elan and, just as important, was a great ambassador for India. His passing is mourned by cricket-lovers everywhere. Heartfelt condolences to his family.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    RIP Nawab! the famous son of his famous father who played in the Bodyline tour of 1932/33. Coincidently I should point out that Tiger Pataudi was educated at Winchester college which was where Douglas Jardine was also educated. Montague Druitt was also educated there and did play cricket albeit at club level.I find it very coincidental that Tiger went to same college as to very famous people one who captained England(Jardine) and also played alongside Tiger's dad and the other (Druitt) who is famous for being a suspect in the Jack The Ripper murders of 1888. I actually have a copy of a letter Druitt wrote during his time at Winchester which was written to his Uncle who was also famous barrister at the time. Anyway bit off track.sorry

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Cricketer always will love 100 but unfortunately he got out at 70

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace

  • POSTED BY prasadnm on | September 22, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    MAK Pataudi was by far, the greatest captain Indian cricket had, with due respect to MSDhoni. While all his other accomplishments are definitely laudable and unique in their own way, the single greatest gift MAK gave to Indian cricket is elevating the 'Art' of fielding to a 'Science' like never before. The change in attitude and athleticism of our cricket teams on field was like night and day between the pre-Pataudi and post-Pataudi eras of of our Test cricket. The way he elevated our overall fielding, ably assited by the likes of Durrani, Solkar, Surti and Venkataraghavan, Tiger made watching Test cricket a joy (even if we lost). In spite of having mediocre teams (with the exception of our spin quartet), the only reason we stayed in contention against WI, Aussies and England was totally attributable to the emphasis on fielding that he brought to Indian cricket.

    Thanks, Tiger, for all the memories by enriching our cricket watching experience. May your soul rest in Eternal Peace!

  • POSTED BY vishx on | September 22, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace. He was the Indian captain in the first full test series I followed (WI vs. India in 1975). I was a big fan of Tiger Pataudi. It's a great loss to Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY Dr.HWS on | September 22, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    The first Superstar of Indian cricket

  • POSTED BY samvarma on | September 22, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Saddest day for India ! One of the most respected and admired personalities in India. I salute you, sir ! .

  • POSTED BY atitpr1 on | September 22, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    He will be missed in the world of cricket. Rest In Peace, Sir.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Just the name was so powerful "NAWAB MANSOOR ALI KHAN PATAUDI- THE TIGER". Sad News. After losing the Pataudi trophy India have lost the real Man himself. hard to overcome both of them!! very very sad news.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    I had the pleasure of watching him playing , his languid style and brilliant fielding in the covers,I can still visualise. Rest in peace Tiger.

  • POSTED BY Gopalakrishna on | September 22, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    I had a habit of taking autographs on the score sheet of the matches during Ranji Trophy games played at Bangalore. I have taken the entire team's autograph of Hyderabad team when they used to play against Karnataka at Bangalore. Pataudi was very keen on autographing the score sheet, he used to peruse the score sheet thorougly prior to his autograph. In one such game he was declared out and he autographed "Not out" and autographed. This score sheet I posses. My first son Aravind was also born on fifth of January. There was a photgraph of my son who was three year old and requested for an autograph on my son's photo. I told Pat that my son and he have the same birth date, he smiled and autographed on the revers of the photo. My last meeting with Pat was at All India Radio Work shop for Commentators, Scorers and Statisticians at Delhi prior to the World Cup 1987. He complimented my hand written compilation of World Cup Stats and said "Great Work, Lots of labour" - HRG - Statistitician

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | September 22, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Sad news for all cricket fans. He was probably the last of the Royal cricketers from India. The man taught Indian cricket the meaning of team pride.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Very Sad may his soul rest in peace

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 22, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    One of the best Indian Captain. Iwatched Tiger pataudi both in India and in England. Even though he was a great cricketer he was quite happy to play for the local league fo Marredpally club in Secunderabad.He met Sharmila thru' Jaisimha, who is from Marredpally. Pataudi brought royal dignity to the game being a chip of the Old block. His wristy shots to the On side have been copied by many Indian cricketers, most notably by VVS Laxman of the modern cricketers.He was also an excellent fielder and always quick on his feet, despite his royal background. India lost a great cricketer who was not afraid to stand up and be counted for the game. Sincere condolences to Sharmila, Saif & his 2 sisters. You will be missed by all cricket fans, Tiger.

  • POSTED BY Kumar_NJ_USA on | September 22, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    One by one, great legends are passing away. Hyderabad (MAK's adopted city) has lost two charismatic cricketers from yester years in ML Jaisimha and MAK Pataudi. Older fans (like me) can never forget his second innings 148 against England (after India followed on). What an innings that was with MAK making England's pacers look like ordinary bowlers. Borde is reported to have said that "Tiger taught us that England's bowlers are as good or bad as we think they are!!!" His handling of John Snow's pace was awesome!!! Rest in Peace, Tiger! You'll always be remembered!!

  • POSTED BY rafiq_qc on | September 22, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Great legendary of Indian cricket and for the subcontinent as well. May Allah peace his soul.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    may his soul rest in peacemay his soul rest in peace

  • POSTED BY Night-Watchman on | September 22, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    TIGER TIGER MAY YOU BURN BRIGHT A BRIGHT STAR FOREVER UNDER TWILIGHT

    INDIAN TEAM'S BELIEF IN THEMSELVES STARTED WITH YOU AND THEN WADEKAR.

    FAREWELL.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Mansur Ali Khan.......the finest Indian Captain ever!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    I have learned a lot about him and the older cricketer...I am very sad today...as one of our legend is no more....This is a great loss..though everybody has to go...but surely he will be missed by one and all cricket lover...RIP...may God bless him peace....

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace

  • POSTED BY amvaishnav on | September 22, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    He had been able to get the respect from the opponents for his own batting and fielding abilities as well as for his team even when margins of defeats used to be awesome. He was simply a great manager to optimize his resources, whatever be the constraints.He would accept defeat but would never aim low. Such was his personality. Such was his leadership quality. The Management, Cricketing and Sports fraternity have many lessons to learn from this gentleman.

  • POSTED BY indiancrklover on | September 22, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    true legend of indian cricket all worldwide cricket lovers will remeber his contribution to indian cricket may his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY NairUSA on | September 22, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    A celebrated life! From a cricketing perspective, he had the right vision that India need to play to their strenghts, like employing quality spinners as attak options.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Really shocked to hear the demise of a true captain!!!!!!! of our Country. May he rest in Peace .

  • POSTED BY Tiptop32 on | September 22, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    May his soul rest in Peace... Huge loss for Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY Bobby_Talyarkhan on | September 22, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    MAK was a great man. Scion of the mighty Pataudi Sr., Oxbridge blue, Sussex captain and captain of India all before the age of 23, he cut a dash on the world cricketing stage as heroic leader of an up and coming, recently independent republic. He taught Indian cricketers to believe in themselves and led from the front with the bat and on the field. He was unmistakeably part of an older, more idealistic generation; schooled in the courtesies and manners of post-Independence India - an incurable romantic, he played better with one eye than most did with two, hunted tigers and spoke his mind in the broadcasting media in flawless and forthright English. He will be missed, but never forgotten in the annals of Indian cricketing history.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | September 22, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Very Sad to hear this news.....RIP. I grew up in Karachi listening to the stories of one "Tiger Pataudi" from my dad and uncles. He was very respected in our family and everyone used to call him "Nawab of Pataudi" or "Nawab Sahib" whenever his stories were told among us. May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    may ALLAH bless his....................

  • POSTED BY DocBindra on | September 22, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    What a huge COLOSSAL loss this is! Wow, I am stumped for words...his cricketing laurels most are familiar with but he was a better man. Exemplary dignity, respect, honor, courtesy, knowledge, grace, class personified. So long Nawab Sahib, RIP. It was a true honor to have met you. @afs_talyarkhan...well said Sir.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    sad news my condelence to his family and freinds may his soul rest in peace a cricketer india will never forget

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | September 22, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Just the name was so powerful "NAWAB MANSOOR ALI KHAN PATAUDI- THE TIGER". Sad News. After losing the Pataudi trophy India have lost the real Man himself. hard to overcome both of them!!

  • POSTED BY gujratwalla on | September 22, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    R.I.P. i remember as a kid watching highlights of a batsman hitting boundary after after boundary in India's first innings at Headingly in 1967...it appeared so heroic to a boy of 12...the magician was no other than the Nawab Of Pataudi.I have never forsaken that boyhood hero-worship.May God be good to his soul.A very brave man indeed.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Sad loss to the game of cricket :-(

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    A true legend of my era and one of the most stylish cricketer who will be remembered for his batting, fielding in cover position, and shrewd use of his spin quartet of his team.It is a very sad day in my life today.MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | September 22, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Had he not lost one eye Patuadi could have reached the Viv Richards class.Few batsman of his era dominated pace bowling better and in attack he reminded one of a tiger tearing his prey.Led with the impact of a military commander and was master tactician .India's best captain ever and arguably one of India's top 5 cricketers of all time.His Leeds 148 was one of cricket's classics.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    RIP the Nawab, the Tiger & the last gentleman cricketer!!!

  • POSTED BY Zulu1981 on | September 22, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    It is a huge loss to Cricket. R.I.P Pataudi Sir

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Sad News. May his soul Rest in Peace.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    soooooooooooo sorry to hear that. he is the tiger of indian cricket

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    RIP Tiger Pataudi.... averaging 40 with only 1 eye....only god knows what you could have done with both

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Really a sad day for Indian cricket.Yet another cricketing Legand Passed away.His soul rest in peace

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    One of the finest,cricketer of all time(May not have the great record).I still believe one of the greatest test series was, in 1974 India - West Indies under Pataudi,where India fought back brillianty after losing first 2 test.I being the Bangladeshi, in those days he was my all time favourate(1961-1975)

  • POSTED BY nasir84 on | September 22, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Just wanted to echo what everyone else has said here, a very sad day not just for Indian cricket but for the cricket fraternity as a whole, his appeal transcended the borders of India. I had the pleasure of meeting him last year in England and spent more than 2 hours chatting to him about cricket, politics etc. I have never been more in awe of anyone in my life; a very open, honest, down to earth man and a fantastic story teller to boot! I always admired him, being an avid cricket lover, but since that day I became a fan for life. I can now tell my grand children I spoke to the Great Tiger Pataudi. May he rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY Ananthamurthy on | September 22, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    For people of my generation(born 1968, age 43), the Tiger's feats were passed on by people like my Father, and other elders, who'd seen him play, though I remember commentary when he was playing. My late Father always used to say that he was India's finest fielder, better even than Azharuddin, whom I've seen live. His other quality, according to my Dad was indomitablity. What a loss. Khuda Hafeez, Tiger.

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | September 22, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Very sad news of a great man, looked in great form only the other day after the England/India series, quite shocking really how quick these things happen,

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    RIP 'Tiger' Pataudi.. sad sad day fr cricket fans.. Nation's lost a treasure today..!!

  • POSTED BY mexicalif755 on | September 22, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Shocked to hear passing away of "Nawab Pataudi" - one of the greatest players of cricket in the world...he was unmatched during his time! I had the occasion of meeting Nawab Mansur Ali Khan and Sharmila ji when they visited Jeddah in 2005-6 and it was a truly memorable occasion...even at that time he had that passion when he spoke about cricket. I will cherish those words forever!!! May GOD give courage to his family, especially Sharmila ji and Saif, Soha and Saba..and may NAWAB's sould RIP!!!!!

  • POSTED BY BapiDas on | September 22, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    "Tiger" Pataudi deserved to be called a tiger because of his courage, agility on the field and in my opinion HE was the pioneer of elevating the level of Indian cricket! Under his regime, the fielding was actually being given the due importance. I still shudder to think how pathetic the Indian cricketers were in their 'fielding' efforts. The Indian bowlers hardly ever expected catches to be taken OR boundaries being stopped! All that was transformed by Tiger Pataudi. May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    We all are praying for this soul for rest. But we may hope he might be reborn as cricket avatar.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Thank u sir for ur services to Indian Cricket...The country will remember this Tiger of Indian cricket Forever........may ur soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY Admar on | September 22, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    RIP - Today we have lost a giant of cricket - the world will be poorer without Mr. Pataudi.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    This is really a sad day in Cricket ... no more crickets in his family left ... unless if his grand children plays that sport ..

  • POSTED BY ACHILLES_FZX on | September 22, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    RIP MAK Pataudi sir ,a one of the saddest day for Indian cricket

  • POSTED BY Ellis on | September 22, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    I used to watch the Nawab play for Oxford University at the Parks. It is no exaggeration to say the crowd came to watch him, and departed when his innings was over. He was the quintessential Indian batsman. Sharp of eye, quick on his feet, steely wrists, a caresser of the ball rather than a striker of it. A crowd favourite if ever ther was one. May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    RIP Nawab.. A man who laid the foundation for Indian cricket to flourish

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    R.I.P. Nawab saab... Tiger is finally tamed... a huge loss...

  • POSTED BY rsrinath on | September 22, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    let the almighty bless and guide his family to new heights.......may his soul rest in peace

  • POSTED BY PratUSA on | September 22, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Sad day for Indian cricket. May MAK's soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY YoBro on | September 22, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    RIP, Tiger... RIP. You were a stalwart among men.

  • POSTED BY chandau on | September 22, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    the first superstar cricketer , the hot shot , the first IMRAN KHAN! royal title , bollywood wife , english education , he showed the way which many like shane warne , kevin peterson , michael clark et al tried to emulate but failed . even imran did not have a successful married life, where as the tiger can be proud of his offspring. seif is adored by many women the world over and Soha is not far behind. he showed what an allround human is all about - what a man. they dont make them like him no more RIP MAK PATUDI 1941-2011

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | September 22, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    So very sad. I watched the India West India Match in early 70's - the very 1st test at Chinnaswamy Stadium. Indian Cricket Board had to beg Pataudi to come out of his retirement and lead the team. And he did inspate of having been out of any form of cricket for more than 3 years. Amazing person , very clear in his articulations. Very stylish and inspite of just one eye pretty good fielder. India has lost one of great souls of Indian Cricket

  • POSTED BY krnataraj on | September 22, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    his thought provoking comments/insights were sadly never taken too seriously by our useless cricket administrators. a thorough gentleman cricketeer. RIP!!!

  • POSTED BY AJGWST on | September 22, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    May the spirits shower their light upon such a great cricketer

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    RIP Greatest Indian Cricketer MAK Pataudi. May his soul rest in peace

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    a true braveheart with an indomitable spirit. RIP nawabji!

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    The Nawab of Indian cricket. The roar of the Tiger will be heard no more.

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | September 22, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    This is very sad news. RIP :(

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    RIP!

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | September 22, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Such a sad day for CRICKET for loosing a prolific cricketer and a fine human being . A true legend. May his soul rest in peace, and God bless his family in such a time of crisis. My prayers goes to them. LEGENDS NEVER DIE, not spiritually.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    A Great Legend of Cricket. Excellent Cricket Brain. What a loss for Cricket? May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to his Family as well as the Entire Cricket World.

  • POSTED BY BanglaChild on | September 22, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    RIP Tiger- Prayers from Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    so sad news....may his soul rest in peace

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | September 22, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    May his soul RIP. Pataudi indeed is the first Indian captain to look the opponent in the eye. He taught professionalism to Ind players. He will always hold a special place in Ind cricket due to his contributions on and off the field.

  • POSTED BY iqbaladnan on | September 22, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace. Great player and lot of service to indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY S.Gurumurthy on | September 22, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Last of the Royal Cricketers Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi,called "TIGER" a treat to watch on the field, moving like a Panther in the Cover and Extra Cover is memorable. His style of batting and art of lifting the ball above the fielders is really worth watching. After the accident in England he lost one eye and called "ONE EYED JACK", but the style and batting never diminished. I will definitely say actually Indian Cricket started shining after his arrival and boosted the confidence of young players,like G.R.Viswanath, the spinning quarteret, Prasanna,handrasekhar,Venkatararaghvan, and Bedi.He is the main and principle man for South Zone Cricket emergence in the National Level as he played for Hyderbad and South Zone. BY his death the cricket game has lost a very charming dynamic personality and may his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY sudhirrao on | September 22, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Many of us take things for granted and do not know what goes into overcoming all kinds of disabilities. How British monarch George VI battled his stammering problem has been well brought out in the Academy award winning King's Speech. Pataudi, gives his strategy of overcoming his disability in Tiger's Tale. Pataudi spent long hours in the nets finding out what he could do and what he could not do and it took him five years to come to terms with his handicap. He could no longer play the hook shot and had to curb his inclination to drive half-volleys, to avoid yorkers which he no longer could handle. So Pataudi says, ''It was a question of finding my limitations and then playing strictly within them''. He says, ''I have had to settle less than the perfection I once sought to achieve''

    In the two-eyed sportsmen's kingdom, the one-eyed Pataudi is the Nawab

    The Nawab of Pataudi 1941-2011 RIP

  • POSTED BY Rajdev on | September 22, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Patuadi's book "Tiger's Tale" is a really engrossing book. He mentioned an incident that happened a few months after his eye accident. Pat was invited to play for (I think) the Board President's XI against the visiting MCC side, in 1961. When he faced a delivery, he would see two balls. He quickly realized that the inner ball was the true one, and focused on playing that. He made 70. Rajan

  • POSTED BY durhamd on | September 22, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    RIP. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Great man and hugh loss to Indian cricket . May his soul lay in eternal peace..

  • POSTED BY SagirParkar on | September 22, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    such a sad state of affairs. may his soul rest in peace.. the loss of an excellent cricketer....a fearless captain and a great leader of men !

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    A fine cricketer an excellent captain. He even used to bowl a few overs with the new ball to let the spinners do the rest. He was also part of a great close fielding support to the bowlers.May god give the courage to his wife and kids to bear this greaty loss.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    sad newsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss................ great creicketr pass away

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | September 22, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    What a sad news! What a great fielder and a Refined Captain he was! My heartfelt condolences to their family, especially to Saif and Sharmila. May you both find strength and support in each other's company with blessings from Allah and Rama alike.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    A Great Man indeed. No shallow attitude and always the first to take responsibility. May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY pradeen on | September 22, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    truly a legend cricketer,,, may his soul rest in peace....and god gave strength to his family to overcome this situation...peace

  • POSTED BY gooey_kablooie on | September 22, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Yet another legend passes away. He was not just a cricketer, he was a man of steel, a fighter. May he rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Dear Mak, you had always been regal cricketing legend. May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Tiger.. Always and Forever!!

  • POSTED BY exuma on | September 22, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    May his sole rest in peace. A great cricketer, leader and role model. He did not let a disability limit his involvement and quest for greatness, representing his country with pride and great leadership. Exuma

  • POSTED BY Scrop on | September 22, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    One of Game's truely great.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Sad day..Huge loss for Indian cricket & cricket in general. His contribution to Indian cricket & his place among the most significant figures of Indian cricket remains unquestioned.

  • POSTED BY shakkw on | September 22, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Its a very sad day for every cricket lover. He was great Indian captain and a motivator. He was a true gentleman and only Internationally respected Indian voice. May God bless his soul.

  • POSTED BY BMayuresh on | September 22, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    End of an era, that is all that could be said. RIP

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    What a legend. True great cricketer

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    So sad...May his soul rest in peace

  • POSTED BY anikbrad on | September 22, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    The man showed we never need a perfect vision to be visionary.WE JUST NEED THE HEART OF A TIGER AND SOUL OF AN UNBOUND KING,. He led, showed path and other than that he was also a great cricketer (oh I almost forgot) and a great fielder. The man needed no vision so he left his vision to enlighten us. My condolence to the family of the NAWABS AND A ROYAL SALUTE...........

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | September 22, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Tiger! You did Bharatma proud. Sharmillaji may BHAGAVAN give you and your family the courage and stenghth during this time.

  • POSTED BY vishy_c on | September 22, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    RIP Mr.Pataudi. For me he was the very fast superstar of Indian cricket. May god bless his soul.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    RIP Nawab of Pataudi ....

  • POSTED BY Ontu on | September 22, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    MAK Pataudi will always be remembered as a great captain and strategist. His last series against West Indies will always be in my memory, with WI emerging as a GREAT cricket team under Clive Lloyd, and yet India winning two tests (WI won the series 3-2).

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Sad sad day for the Indian cricket....One of the greatest captians of Indian Cricket who taught Indians to win in overseas....May his soul rest in peace.....

  • POSTED BY Punter_28 on | September 22, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    It is a sad day for the India Cricket. A very fine batsman , he would have definitely had a batting average in the '50's had he not been handicapped with one eye. Imagine batting in those helmetless days against the likes of Hall, Griffith , Snow etc., on those juicy Windies & English conditions!! He was one of the best in the cover point with bullet like throws from the deep. Above all he was one of the most astute captains and was responsible for moulding the Indian team and in particular the 4 spinners and quite unfortunately lost his captaincy due to reasons other than cricket ..and Wadekar made the most of his hard work...May His Soul rest in peace...

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    RIP ..one of the finest captain India has...

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    A great legend of Indian Cricket.May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY Bobby_Talyarkhan on | September 22, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    MAK was a great man. Scion of the mighty Pataudi Sr., Oxbridge blue, Sussex captain and captain of India all before the age of 23, he cut a dash on the world cricketing stage as heroic leader of an up and coming, recently independent republic. He taught Indian cricketers to believe in themselves and led from the front with the bat and on the field. He was unmistakeably part of an older, more idealistic generation; schooled in the courtesies and manners of post-Independence India - an incurable romantic, he played better with one eye than most did with two, hunted tigers and spoke his mind in the broadcasting media in flawless and forthright English. He will be missed, but never forgotten in the annals of Indian cricketing history.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace. A fine cricketer and and more importantly a fine human being.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    A tragic End to a fighter and one of the most respected Indian Cricket Captains.So long Nawab....RIP.

  • POSTED BY Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on | September 22, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    he seemed all well justa few days ago at the end of the england series. a big loss for indian cricket. RIP

  • POSTED BY kash2011 on | September 22, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Great Cricketer....one of the best captain......RIP TIGER...gonna miss you

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    very very sad news............

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  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    very very sad news............

  • POSTED BY kash2011 on | September 22, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Great Cricketer....one of the best captain......RIP TIGER...gonna miss you

  • POSTED BY Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on | September 22, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    he seemed all well justa few days ago at the end of the england series. a big loss for indian cricket. RIP

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    A tragic End to a fighter and one of the most respected Indian Cricket Captains.So long Nawab....RIP.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace. A fine cricketer and and more importantly a fine human being.

  • POSTED BY Bobby_Talyarkhan on | September 22, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    MAK was a great man. Scion of the mighty Pataudi Sr., Oxbridge blue, Sussex captain and captain of India all before the age of 23, he cut a dash on the world cricketing stage as heroic leader of an up and coming, recently independent republic. He taught Indian cricketers to believe in themselves and led from the front with the bat and on the field. He was unmistakeably part of an older, more idealistic generation; schooled in the courtesies and manners of post-Independence India - an incurable romantic, he played better with one eye than most did with two, hunted tigers and spoke his mind in the broadcasting media in flawless and forthright English. He will be missed, but never forgotten in the annals of Indian cricketing history.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    A great legend of Indian Cricket.May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    RIP ..one of the finest captain India has...

  • POSTED BY Punter_28 on | September 22, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    It is a sad day for the India Cricket. A very fine batsman , he would have definitely had a batting average in the '50's had he not been handicapped with one eye. Imagine batting in those helmetless days against the likes of Hall, Griffith , Snow etc., on those juicy Windies & English conditions!! He was one of the best in the cover point with bullet like throws from the deep. Above all he was one of the most astute captains and was responsible for moulding the Indian team and in particular the 4 spinners and quite unfortunately lost his captaincy due to reasons other than cricket ..and Wadekar made the most of his hard work...May His Soul rest in peace...

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Sad sad day for the Indian cricket....One of the greatest captians of Indian Cricket who taught Indians to win in overseas....May his soul rest in peace.....