Imran reveals he was in awe of Tiger Pataudi

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Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 13:14 [IST]
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'We were in awe of Pataudi': Imran Khan

Kolkata, Jan 31: Pakistan's World cup winning captain, former player Imran Khan has revealed that India's Tiger Pataudi was an inspiration during his formative years.

The former Pakistan skipper, while addressing a lecture at the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture at Kolkata on Tuesday said, there was certain enigma about Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, whose academic qualification was also equally noteworthy.

"I grew up admiring two persons. One was my first cousin Javed Burki and the other being Mansoor Ali Khan... The duo played together at the Oxford University about a decade before me."

"My idol (Burki) would tell me if Mansoor Ali Khan had not lost vision in one eye, he would have broken all the records. The quality of strokes he could play with one eye, mere mortals cannot play..."

He further added saying that Pataudi was different from others and the main reason for that difference was with this educational qualification along with playing cricket, which also helped him on the field.

"I had always looked up to him. Excelling in education and playing international sport is the most difficult thing to. It takes incredible willpower. But once you do it you have huge advantage," he said.

"I had an advantage of quality education. I also had the advantage of going to the Oxford University. Quality cricket and education both complement each other."

"The greatest thing education does it structures your mind. The key behind successful people is how you handle failure rather than success. Power of analysis is sharpened by education. I could analyse my own mistakes so you could correct them."


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