Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tiger Pataudi passes away

Legendary cricketer and former Indian captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who was also known as Tiger Pataudi passed away on Thursday at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.

The condition of former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi who was suffering from lung infection further deteriorated and he died on Thursday, a hospital bulletin said.

The 70-year-old cricketer, led India in 40 of the 46 Tests he played and would forever be remembered for leading the country to its first Test series win abroad.

He scored 2793 runs at an average of 34.91 which included six hundreds and 16 half centuries, An unbeaten 203 being his highest score. ,

Son of Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, the last ruling Nawab of Bhopal who captained the country in 1946, the right-handed batsman made his debut for India at the age of 21 in a drawn match against England in 1961. Just a few months before his debut, Pataudi had damaged his vision in a car accident but Pataudi still managed to impress with an 103-run knock in the fifth Test of that series.

Pataudi is survived by wife Sharmila Tagore and three children.

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