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120. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

BornJanuary 5, 1941(1941-01-05)
Bhopal, India
DiedSeptember 22, 2011(2011-09-22) (aged 70)
New Delhi, India
SpouseSharmila Tagore
ChildrenSaif Ali Khan
Saba Ali Khan
Soha Ali Khan

Mansoor Ali Khan Nawab of Pataudi
Personal information
Batting styleRight-hand bat
Bowling styleRight-arm medium
International information
National sideIndian
Career statistics
Runs scored279315425
Batting average34.9133.67
Top score203*203*
Balls bowled1321192
Bowling average88.0077.59
5 wickets in innings--
10 wickets in match--
Best bowling201/0

Mansoor Ali Khan or Mansur Ali Khan Urdu: منصور علی خان), sometimes M.A.K. Pataudi (born January 5, 1941 in Bhopal)nicknamed Tiger, is a former Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. He was the 9th and last Nawab of Pataudi until 1971, when India abolished royal entitlements through the 26th Amendment to the Constitution of India.

Nawab of Pataudi and former captain of the team India Mansoor Ali Khan, poses plush in a discussion with the media, at a location in New Delhi on December 14, 1992.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit having a word with former cricketer and skipper of Indian cricket team Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi during the inauguration of Rs 42-crore Jamia Millia Islamia Sports Complex in New Delhi on August 4, 2010, which will be used as a practice venue for table tennis and rugby during the XIX Commonwealth Games.

Early life

Mansoor was born to Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, eighth Nawab of Pataudi and his wife Sajida Sultan, second daughter of the last ruling nawab of Bhopal. He was educated at Welham Boys' School in Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire, Winchester College, and Balliol College, Oxford. His father died on Mansoor's 11th birthday in 1952, whereupon Mansoor succeeded as the ninth Nawab of Pataudi. While the princely state of Pataudi had been merged with India after the end of the British Raj in 1947, Mansoor inherited the titular dignity of Nawab of Pataudi. He held the title until the entitlements were abolished by the Government of India through the 26th amendment to the constitution in 1971.

 Cricketing career

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's career performance graph.
Pataudi Jr., as Mansoor came to be known during his cricket career, was a right-hand batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler. He played in 46 Test matches for India between 1961 and 1975. Soon after starting his career, at the age of 20, a car accident permanently damaged vision in his right eye and he has enplaned the goat eye in his right vision.
In March 1962, Mansoor was elevated to the captaincy of the Indian cricket team. He had a batting average of 34. Mansoor was captain of the Indian cricket team in 40 matches, only 9 of which resulted in victory for his team. He was dropped as captain of the Indian cricket team in 1970, and as a player in 1975.

Personal life

 Censor board chairperson Sharmila Tagore and her husband Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

On 27 December 1969, Mansoor married with Sharmila Tagore. Their son Saif Ali Khan was born on 16 August 1970. They are the parents of three children:
  • Saif Ali Khan, a Bollywood actor;
  • Soha Ali Khan, a Bollywood actress;
  • Saba Ali Khan a jewellery designer.
In June 2005, Mansoor Ali Khan was arrested for poaching an endangered Blackbuck. Naresh Kadyan, founder chairman, People for Animals (PFA) Haryana blows whistle crime against animals.

Awards and recognition

  • Arjuna Award-1964
  • Padma Shri-1967


Pataudi, 70, was admitted to New Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on 20th August 2011 with an acute lung infection. The infection was caused by chronic interstitial lung disease which prevented his lungs from exchanging oxygen properly. He died of respiratory failure on 22 September 2011 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Source : Wikipedia, Times content

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