Tiger Pataudi

#1 Sep 22nd, 2011, 21:44
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Full name: Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi [Nawab of Pataudi]

Born: January 5, 1941, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Died: September 22, 2011, Dehli [aged 70 years 260 days]

Also known as: Tiger Pataudi

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

have never seen him play. heard of him only through my parents.
there was no television in them days - transistor/radio and ears glued to them for the commentaries
but have grown up listening to the elders about them days of pataudi, jaisimha, umrigar, amongst others.

he is a legend - pataudi - not because he was only a debonair prince
at 21, he was the youngest captain india has ever had - and at the time, in the world.
it wasnt about them cricketing statistics when one talks of pataudi.
the man had guts. he was non-parochial. and heck - one of them endangered species [for quite sometime now]... a gentleman.

and if that was not all - he played cricket with one eye !

mukul kesavan :
When I was growing up in the sixties, the Nawab of Pataudi Jr was more than my favourite cricketer; he was my hero. He was the captain of India in 1963-64, when MCC toured with a second-rate team led by MJK Smith. That was the first cricket series that I actively followed with the help of running commentary on All India Radio and pictures published in Sport & Pastime. Pataudi did nothing noteworthy either as captain or player. All five Tests were drawn, and the Nawab's contribution as a batsman was one double-century and not much more.

But it didn't matter. I knew about Pataudi before I began to follow Test cricket, in the way that I knew of Dara Singh and Milkha Singh.
Pataudi was my hero from a time before television, through a childhood where I followed cricket by hearing it described; in a golden age where I didn't have to see to believe.
... as he was mine.

the eye of the tiger :
Tiger Pataudi may not have record wins to show for. And with a batting average of 34, he may not have batting records left behind to be broken. But he injected India with pride and with the belief that they could win. Indian cricket has come a long way since, but two things that Tiger Pataudi taught us should always remain intact:
play to your strength, play fearlessly!

i owe you my appreciation for cricket, tiger pataudi.
it was since you - always had my chin up - when in the following years and with following teams - always pointed and said with pride " that's my captain " to the captain of the season.
it was never only about winning. it was about attitude.
thank you.

rest in peace - in your final innings.
hajaar salaams.

#2 Sep 22nd, 2011, 22:07
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RIP tiger
#3 Sep 23rd, 2011, 00:06
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He had a glorious attitude, except when he declined to tour WI under Wadekar on losing the captaincy by Merchant's casting vote. Wadekar even asked him to come, but he wanted to go into politics.

A great person still in my eyes and his marriage to Sharmila is something to admire - both of them are my idols.

They both were trend-setters.

May his soul rest in peace.

#4 Sep 23rd, 2011, 09:12
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Rest In Peace

Heard he was a wonderfull player & person.

#5 Sep 23rd, 2011, 09:13
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The Tiger sleeps.

#6 Sep 23rd, 2011, 10:36
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Tiger was carrying a Great Soul.......

Rest in peace......
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#7 Sep 23rd, 2011, 10:38
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My condolences for the departed soul. May he rest in peace...
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#8 Sep 23rd, 2011, 13:30
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Perhaps the best example of someone, whose record tells nothing about how great a player he was.

A great captain who instigated in his teammates, the pride of playing for the country.

A great visionary whose initial emphasis on aggressive spin bowling finally turned into the famous "spin quartet."

A great batsman who scored over 3 thousand runs and 6 centuries with practically one single eye.

He is truly the Nawab of Indian Cricket.

Rest In Peace, Tiger.
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#9 Sep 23rd, 2011, 13:53
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He even donated his one good eye after his death.

What a character!!

RIP, tiger!! We salute you.
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#10 Sep 23rd, 2011, 18:58
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Originally Posted by brishti View Post have never seen him play. heard of him only through my parents.
there was no television in them days - transistor/radio and ears glued to them for the commentaries
The legendary Calcutta Test vs West Indies (I think 1974) was perhaps the first cricket match that was shown on TV. Pataudi played a stellar innings with Vishy. He was injured by fast bowler Holder (not Holding). If I am not mistaken Pataudi had also hit a six that injured a girl in the gallery.

His flamboyance, elegance and style was legendary too as was his sense of humour.

But he fell in my esteem when it was exposed that he engaged in the cruel and illegal sport of hunting down blackbucks. No one is talking about it today. But in the absence of the Tiger, the deers are perhaps a wee bit safer.
#11 Sep 23rd, 2011, 19:04
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RIP. I seen him play in an exhibition match in the 1970's at Texaco Barrackpore Cricket ground, Trinidad. Nice guy.

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