Mansoor Ali Khan
Pataudi', the famous cricketer, was born on January 5, 1941. His birthplace was Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in India. He was nicknamed as Tiger Pataudi. He was a cricketer and Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. Iftikhar Ali Khan, his father was also a renowned cricketer. 'Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi' studied at the Minto Circle in Aligarh and later at the Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun, Lockers Park Prep School and the Winchester College. At Balliol College, Oxford, he learned French and Arabic. Mansoor’s Father died in Delhi while playing polo in 1952. Mansoor was a right-handed batsman and right arm medium pace bowler. In 1959, he was chosen as the captain of his school’s cricket team. He broke the school record set by Douglas Jardine in 1919 by scoring 1068 runs.
In Partnership with Christopher Snell, he succeeded the school rackets championship. At the age of 16, he made his debut in Sussex in August 1957. He then played for Oxford and became the first Indian cricket captain in the university. 'Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi' met with an accident on July 1, 1961. His right eye got damaged by a shard of glass from the shattered windscreen. Dr. David St Clair Roberts, a Surgeon, operated his eyes but it did not turn out to be of much help. There was fear that this would halt Mansoor’s cricket career. But he was so determined that he started learning to play cricket with a single eye. He played his Test debut in December 1961 in Delhi against England. He earned 103 runs in Madras in the third test match. He helped India to win the first series versus England.
In 1962, he was selected as the vice-captain for the West Indies tour. Mansoor became the Indian Cricket Team Captain in March 1962. He became the Youngest Test Captain, a record he held until November 2015 when was taken over by Tatenda Taibu. From 1961 to 1975, he played 46 test matches for India. He was the captain for 40 matches out of which they achieved victory in 9 matches, 19 were draw, and in the other 19 the team had to suffer defeat. In 1970 he lost the Indian cricket team captaincy. In 1973, he again became the captain and was dropped again in 1975. In 1962, Mansoor Ali Khan bagged Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year title, and in 1968, he was chosen as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year. In 1969, Mansoor published his autobiography titled, “Tiger’s Tale.”
He was the Indian team Manager in 1974 to 1975. Mansoor married
, Indian Film Actress on December 27, 1969. The couple was blessed with three children, namely , the Bollywood actor,
Saba Ali Khan
, a jewelry designer and
Soha Ali Khan
, Bollywood actress. Mansoor was honored in 1964 with the Arjuna award and in 1967 with the Padma Shri. The BCCI instituted Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture on February 6, 2013, for his wonderful contribution towards cricket. On September 22, 2011, Mansoor Ali Khan