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Elegant Indian Cricket Captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Elegant Indian Cricket Captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was born on 5 January 1941 in Bhopal. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was also popularly known as Tiger Pataudi. His nickname ‘Tiger’ came from his bold and dynamic character. At the age of 21, he became the youngest Indian to captain the Test team, a record which he holds for a long time. Pataudi played his whole International profession with a single eye, still, he managed to time and connecting the ball and the bat with his white hands as compared to anyone else. 

Indian Cricket Captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
Indian Cricket Captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Mansur Ali Khan was born with a silver spoon in his hand. He was the eponymous Nawab of Pataudi and a son of Nawab Mohammad Iftikhar Ali Khan Siddiqui Pataudi who was the captain of the India national cricket team. The Nawab of Pataudi later Mansur Ali Khan was the greatest Indian cricket team captain ever. Taking over the captaincy of the Indian cricket team at the age of 21, scarcely months after being involved in a car accident that destroys the sight in his right eye forever. Despite his eye injury, he led India in 40 of 46 Tests he played in and won 9 of them. He was called to play for India less than 6 months after his eye injury. He made his Test debut and played against England in Delhi in December 1961.

Mansur Ali Khan took over the captaincy of the Indian cricket team at the age of 21
Mansur Ali Khan took over the captaincy of the Indian cricket team at the age of 21

After his glorious match-winning play of 103 runes in the Madras test match against England, he was given the vice-captain’s responsibilities for the Match series against the strong West indies in 1962. He scored six centuries on his way to 2793 international runs. He holds the credentials for handling the most number of balls 554 in a single test match batting at number 6. 

Tiger Pataudi’s first coach in his youth was the great Frank Wooley, the handed-down legendary English all-rounder cricketer whose score of 58,959 runs is the second-highest in first-class cricket, behind Sir Jack Hobbs.

Elegant Indian Cricket Captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
Elegant Indian Cricket Captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

“I lost sight in one eye, but I did not lose sight of my ambition,” these are the inspiring words from the great Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, whose determination, courage, and passion improved him to become one of the most honored cricketers and captains of all times in the world. He won over the loss of eyesight in one eye due to an accident and accomplished what many have not even with full eyesight. He died in the hospital of respiratory failure on 22 September 2011.