Nawab of cricket; Pataudi leaves pitch

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Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 19:44 [IST]
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Nawab of cricket; Pataudi leaves pitch

Delhi, Sept 22: Legendary cricketer and former Indian captain who overcame a blind eye to become a visionary and inspiring captain of Indian test team. Pataudi was the youngest captain to lead India in Test cricket at the age of 21. 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.

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi during his cricket career, was a right-hand batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler. He played in 46 Test matches for India between 1961 and 1975. Soon after starting his career, at the age of 20, a car accident permanently damaged vision in his right eye.

In March 1962, Mansoor was elevated to the captaincy of the Indian cricket team. He had a batting average of 34.91. Mansoor was captain of the Indian cricket team in 40 matches, only 9 of which resulted in victory for his team. He was dropped as captain of the Indian cricket team in 1970, and as a player in 1975.

Pataudi scored 2793 runs at an average of 34.91 and made six centuries and 16 fifties, the biggest of which was an unbeaten 203 against England in Delhi in 1964. However, many say 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.

Between 1957 and 1970 Mansoor, following his countrymen Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji played 137 first class matches for Sussex County Cricket Club scoring 3054 runs at an average of 22.29.

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi last month following lung infection, passed away on Thursday. 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.

OneIndia Cricket

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