Better known as Tiger Pataudi to the world, his real name was Mansoor Ali Hussain Siddique.
The Nawab who played like one!
Being taunted “A noob” during his early days at Winchester didn’t discourage him and
soon everybody saw what the Noob had in him as far as cricket was concernedt!
He beat the record set by Douglas Jardine in Winchester School. So much for Noob!
For a batsman who had to play more with his instincts and hand-eye co-ordination,
Tiger was dealt a harsh judgement when he lost his right eye in a freak accident.
How tough would it have been for someone to judge from two balls in his line
of sight and play instinctively? Certainly no cakewalk! Here was a man whom
nothing could stop. He was someone who pushed his way with hard work, and
He scored a century in his fourth outing in Test matches for India against England
and also made India taste her first overseas Test Series victory against New Zealand.
He is credited with creating the much dreaded and treacherous spin quartet of
our bowling line up, that would go on to leave a legacy on cricket’s history. A
shrewd tactician as a captain, his guiles were at his best when he defeated Bobby
Simpson’s Australian side from a pretty safe position in Bombay, 1964, his
effective strategies earning him one of the greatest victories for India ever.
His stroke play consisted of a delectable cut, an effective pull and drives…lots
of drives. He cleared the infield many times, lofting the ball, something Indian
players didn’t do much back then. In addition to that he also bowled cheeky
medium pace and many times goofed batsmen with his dreamy medium pace.
Here’s to our grittiest player and a great captain,
Here’s to The Tiger… May you rest in peace.