Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi passes away


Legendary cricketer and former Indian captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who was admitted to a city hospital last month following lung infection, passed away on Thursday.
Pataudi, 70, had been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where a team of doctors including pulmonologists were closely monitoring his condition.
Pataudi was on very high level of oxygen support, requiring intermitted BIPAP (Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure) support. Pataudi was the youngest captain to lead India in Test cricket at the age of 21.
Pataudi, regarded as one of the finest Indian captains, played 46 Tests for the country, scoring 2,793 runs for an average of 34.91 with an unbeaten 203 being his highest score. Pataudi led India in 40 Tests and under him India achieved their first Test overseas victory in New Zealand. In all, he smashed six centuries and 16 fifties in his career. The India-England Test series trophy has been named in his honor.
Pataudi was admitted to the hospital on August 29 and had been diagnosed with interstitial lung disease, a condition in which the passage of oxygen to the two lungs is less than normal. Pataudi is survived by wife Sharmila Tagore and three children.


  1. Tiger was a legendary figure in India and obviously in the world sports. As a cricketer he lead India to several victories and as a skipper of the Indian team was the most successful, of the others. Mansur Ali Khan Patudi, was from a from a Princely family and was a royalty. I extend my condolence to deceased's family and pray for Tiger's peace. Tiger took legendary and leading Cricketers who followed him in the sport of cricket and also lead the Indian teams under his wings and prepared them for future.

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