Monday, June 18, 2012


Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was a first class cricketer and former Captain of Indian Cricket team.He was the ninth Nawab of Princely state of Pataudi until 1971.
He was the son of eighth Nawab of Pataudi Iftikhar Ali Khan. His mother who was the wife of Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi was Sajida Sultan, the daughter of last ruling Nawab of Bhopal.
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was also known as Pataudi Jr.  and was nick named as 'Tiger Pataudi'.He was also famous by the short form of his name as M.A.K.Pataudi .He was born 
Pataudi introducing team members to Queen Elizabeth II
on 5 Jan 1941.
His father Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi was  educated in England and was a cricket player while
as a student  at England.He had been captain of  England team and later Indian team also.
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was born at Bhopal  and studied at a School in Aligarh and then in Dehradun.Then he  studied at Lockers Park Prep. School in Hertfordshire and at Winchester
Mansoor's father died when  he was 11 years old in 1952.Afterwards Mansoor was known as
the Nawab of Pataudi till 1971 when India Government abolished the entitlements given to the 
former rulers of Princely States.
While he was  studying in the school at Hertfordshire and later in  the College at Winchester
he was very active playing in  the cricket team.He  was the captain of the school team in 1959
scoring 1068 runs that season.He also won the public School Championship with partner Christopher Snell.
Mansoor met with an accident while he was travelling in a car in 1961 at Hove.The windscreen of the car broke and a small piece of glass penetrated in to his right eye causing
permanent damage to that eye.His vision was affected by that accident and he was seeing
double image through that eye.The right handed medium paced bowler and right handed batsman returned to the world pf cricket within six months of the accident.Due to the double
image of his right eye he used to cover that eye with his head cap and managed to play as
usual.It was his determination,courage,confidence and practice made it possible to continue
with the cricket  by brilliantly covering the eye with the cap.He played wonderful cricket
against England in Dec 1961.
He was made vice captain of the team in 1962 for the tour to West Indies. He was made captain soon.At 21 years old
it was a world record to be the youngest test Captain.
He played 46 test Matches for India between 1961 and 1975.Out of the 46 matches 9 was
won, 19 was draw and 19 was defeat.
His victories include the first ever test match overseas against New Zealand  in 1968.
He lost Captaincy in 1970 and later returned as Captain in 1973 and lead India against West Indies in 1974-75.He retired in 1975.
He wrote autobiography in the name 'Tigers Tale' in 1969.
Pataudi married film actress Sharmila Tagore in1967 and they have  three Children.Their

son  Saif Ali Khan is an established and  famous actor of  Bollywood.
Pataudi jr. expired on 22 Sept 2011.

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