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Evening, September 22, 2011

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi: 5/1/1941 to 22/9/2011

HT reports the sad news:

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, one of the greatest cricket captains India has produced, died in New Delhi on Thursday evening after battling with a lung infection which was diagnosed about three months back. He was 70. “He passed away around 6.30 pm. His condition had deteriorated since yesterday. He was suffering from interstitial lung disease (interstitial pneumonitis) which worsens rapidly inspite of the best treatment available,” Dr S P Byotra, Department of medicine in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, where Pataudi was admitted, said.

While Pataudi’s captaincy may not look like much on paper, his wins had enormous psychological impact on Indian cricket and fans. Here is an appreciation in a lead up to am interview on Rediff:

even an elementary introduction to the man’s career needs must contain a mention of what ranks among the greatest victories in Indian cricket — the one against Bobby Simpson’s Australians at Bombay in the 1964/65 series.

For the record, Australia batting first made 320, to which India replied with 341, gaining the psychological first innings lead. And this particular innings, perhaps, sums up the quintessential ‘Tiger’ — India at one stage was 188 for six when Pataudi took charge of the lower order to such good effect that the last four wickets added 153 runs. And no grim battle of attrition about it either — Pataudi gave the Bombay crowd palpitations as he gaily lofted his shots into the vacant outfield, top-scoring with 86.

In the second innings, Australia at 246 for three appeared to have regained the initiative when Pataudi demonstrated one of those flashes of leadership brilliance that still makes him an icon — he teamed debutant Bhagwat Chandrashekar with Bapu Nadkarni. Mr Maverick and Mr Accuracy, between them, raced through the innings, Australia collapsing to 274 all out and India — again guided by a fine 53 from the captain, shrugging off several alarms to post a two wicket win.

Morning, September 22, 2011

The Hindu reports:

The former Indian cricket captain, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who is undergoing treatment at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for a lung infection, is in a critical condition.

A health bulletin issued on Wednesday evening by Senior Consultant and Pulmonology Chairman Neeraj Jain said: “Mr. Pataudi continues to be critically ill in the intensive care unit of the hospital. He is on very high-level of oxygen support requiring intermitted Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BIPAP) support.”

Dr. Jain said the 70-year-old Pataudi was conscious and his cardiac function was stable. “His is being monitored very closely by a team of pulmonologists and critical care specialists,” he added.

Mr. Pataudi played in 46 test matches for India between 1961 and 1975.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

September 22, 2011 at 3:13 am

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