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Late Nawab Pataudi: A Short Bio

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Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was an Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. He was the Nawab of Bhopal and Pataudi until 1971, when India abolished royal entitlements through the 26th Amendment to the Constitution of India.


He was 70 years old when he died on September 22, 2011. He had lung infection and was in the ICU of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for the last few days. The condition of Pataudi was critical and he was unable to maintain his oxygen level in both the lungs. Here we are throwing a light on the life of Pataudi.

Early Life

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi also known as Tiger Pataudi, was born in 1941 Bhopal. His education was done at Welham Boys' School in Dehradun, Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire, Winchester College, and Balliol College, Oxford. He was the 9th and last Nawab of Pataudi. until 1971.


Mansoor Pataudi 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 out of which 40 as a captain. But he was able to win only 9 matches. He was dropped as captain in 1970 and retired in 1975. He also played 137 first class matches for Sussex County Cricket Club.

Personal life

He married to hindi cinema actress Sharmila Tagore on 27 December 1969. They are the parents of three children, Saif Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan, both Bollywood actors and Saba Ali Khan a jewellery designer.

Ups & Downs

He got serious injury in a car accident soon after starting his career, when he was at the age of 20. He permanently lost vision in his right eye. In June 2005, Mansoor Ali Khan was arrested for poaching an endangered Blackbuck.


He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1964 and Padma Shri award in 1967. (TIMExplore.com)