Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi is one the most important personalities in Indian cricket. The former Indian captain who passed away in 2011 would have been 76 today. He has rich history of cricket and titles on his name. He took over the reins of the India team at the age of just 21. His passion for the game was matchless. Pataudi was a revolutionary, both from the batting point of view and captaincy wise. His leadership tactics were appreciated and followed by his successors. So in this special FPJ feature we bring to you some interesting facts about Tiger Pataudi.
Born with silver spoon
Mansoor Ali Khan lived in a palace which had 150 rooms and 100 servants, 7 to 8 servants were just to look after Pataudi when he was a kid.
Lost one eye in accident
MAK damaged his right eye in car accident on July 1, 1961. Then also he fought his fear and didn’t lose his focus to excel as a cricketer. Only 6 months later, he made his debut for India against England.
Youngest Indian captain
He was just 21 years old when MAK took the captaincy and made a world record for the youngest Test captain until he was surpassed by Tatenda Taibu in May 2004.
Fairy tale wedding
MAK married one of the most beautiful actress of Bollywood, Sharmila Tagore. They have three children Saif, Saba and Soha. After the death of her husband in 2011, Sharmila ensured the left eye of Tiger was donated to Venu Eye Institute, a premier eye hospital in Delhi.
Pataudi Pakistan connection
Pataudi family has strong links in Pakistan. His first cousin is Shahryar Khan who was a chairman of PCB, former foreign secretary of Pakistan. Nawabzada Sher Ali Khan of Pataudi was a Major General in the Pakistan Army.
Khan was born in Bhopal and he tried his hand in politics. He was allotted a ticket from Congress in Bhopal in 1991 but failed and was not elected.
He had tried his hand on musical instruments like flute, harmonium and a tabla and it said that he was an expert in flute, while his father was an exceptional sitar player.
Tiger was a fan of Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood and Mohammad Rafi.
His father Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi died while playing polo in Delhi on Mansoor’s eleventh birthday in 1952, whereupon Mansoor succeeded him as the ninth Nawab, although the princely state of Pataudi had been merged with India after the end of the British Raj in 1947.
Love for sports
Pataudi had a natural liking for other sports. He teamed up with Christopher Snell to win the public schools rackets title. He played hockey and billiards for Oxford. Pataudi also played soccer as a wing-half.