Legendary Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, popularly known as ‘Tiger’ Pataudi, died on Thursday after being admitted to the hospital on August 29th 2011 due to severe lung infection.
There were reports that Pataudi, who has appeared in 46 test matches for India, was in critical condition after his health started deteriorated last evening. Doctors were unable to maintain the oxygen level, as he was suffering from a rare interstitial lung disease, due to the which the passage of oxygen to the lungs was limited.
Considered by many as the best Indian cricket captain ever, Pataudi scored 2,793 test runs at an average of 34.91. His highest score is 203 not out.
He took over the reins of the Indian cricket team at the young age of 21. Few months later, he was involved in a career-threatening car accident that led to impaired vision in his right eye. Many believe, his modest average of 34.91 would have been much higher with complete vision.
The recently concluded India-England Test series, which India lost 4-0 was named in his honor.
Tiger Pataudi is survived by his wife Sharmila Tagore and three children – actor Saif Ali Khan, actress Soha Ali Khan and jewelry designer Saba Ali Khan.
Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Pataudi family.