The Bishan Bedi Cricket Coaching Trust in Delhi organised an event ‘Tribute to Tiger’ to give a tribute to former legend cricketer and the Trust’s Founding chief patron, Nawab Mansur Ali Khan ‘Tiger’ Pataudi. Bishan Singh Bedi who is the guiding light of the Bishan Bedi Cricket Coaching Trust (BBCCT), played Test cricket for India from 1966 to 1979.
In memory of Late Mr Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and to mark the silver jubilee of the Bishan Singh Bedi Cricket Coaching Trust, the evening was planned to bring out the values that he stood for.
Bedi remembered how important role Pataudi played in shaping his captaincy career.
“Pataudi was an outstanding leader. He would instill the feeling of patriotism in the dressing room. He would always make it clear that you are not representing any state here but India only,” he recently said.
The event was organized at Jaypee Vasant continental where many Bollywood celebs and cricket stars were invited including, Virendra Sehwag, Yuvraj, Kaif Azzrudin, Soha Ali Khan, Sharmila Tagore, Aamir khan Neha Dhupia Gaurav Kapoor and many more.
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Facts About Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi The Real Nawab Of Cricket
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was one of the most popular cricket personalities. He passed away in September 2011 but is still remembered as a pioneering figure in India’s rich cricketing heritage.
Pataudi was called ‘Tiger’ because of his outstanding fielding skills. He himself admitted in his autobiography that “I had a tigerish propensity for crawling energetically about the floor on all fours.”
What if a cricketer’s eyes get spoiled and he is asked to play cricket, he would probably want to keep himself away from cricket, but Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi did not give up playing cricket even though he had a spoiled eye. He made an international debut with an eye and played 46 Test matches for India, including 40 captains in Test matches.
Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was born on 5 January 1941 in Bhopal. Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, father of Nawab Pataudi also played 127 first-class matches for India along with six Tests. Like his father, he also wanted to become a good cricketer. When Nawab Ali Khan Pataudi was celebrating his 11th birthday, his father Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi died. That is why, along with Pataudi’s birthday, there is also the death anniversary of his father.
Married Sharmila Tagore
Pataudi married Sharmila Tagore, the famous actor of her time. They have three children. Saif Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan and Saba Ali Khan Saif Ali Khan. They all are counted among successful people and recently his daughter-in-law Kareena Kapoor gave birth to the son (Taimur).
When he lost his one eye due to the accident
As a student of Oxford University in 1957, Pataudi played his first class match from Sussex. Nawab Pataudi’s right eye was damaged in a car accident on 1 July 1961, but he never felt that he would not be able to play cricket again. Nawab Pataudi wrote in his autobiography that after three or four weeks of operation he had reached to practice in the net. He had to face many problems because of the eye damage, but gradually he adjusted with the situation.
He made highest score while playing with one eye
Due to poor eyesight, Pataudi had to come to India with a one-year leave. At that time, he was a student of Oxford University. After reaching India, Pataudi’s attempt was to play more and more cricket. Then he got a proposal to head the presidency team. Pataudi did not want to lose this chance.
In that match against MCC, Pataudi came to bat after putting a lens in his right eye, but due to the lens, Pataudi seemed to be feeling like two balls coming towards him. However, Pataudi had scored 35 runs for the play-off till tea and after tea. When he came to bat, he removed the lens and batted with a right eye. In that match, Pataudi scored the fastest 70 runs for his team. This was Pataudi’s first important match after the accident.
Pataudi became captain of Team India in 1962
Pataudi was 21 years old when he captained India for the first time. By becoming the captain of the age of only 21, he made the record to become the youngest captain in India.
Pataudi played 46 matches from India, scoring 2793 runs at an average of 35, including six centuries and 16 half-centuries. On February 8, 1964, Pataudi scored a magnificent 203 against England, the highest individual score of his cricket career. Nawab Pataudi died on September 22, 2011. Before the last breath, Nawab Pataudi had expressed his desire to donate his eyes, which was completed.