The way Tiger Pataudi turned around the fortunes of India against Clive Lloyd's West Indies in 1974-75 exemplified is great leadership qualities. After trailing 0-2 after the first two test matches at Bangalore and Delhi, India drew level at Chennai (2-2). Although India lost the the decider at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, this was probably the most exciting series ever in the annals of Test cricket with not a single match drawn. This fight against the mighty West Indies came immediately after the humiliating loss to England when India scored the lowest ever Test score of 42 all out. The team against West Indies had many debutants like Anshuman Gaekwad, Hemant Kanitkar, Partha Sarathy Sharma and Karsan Ghavri who gave their best under Tiger's able captaincy. The victory at Kolkata's 3rd Test was a gem. It was Tiger's intuition to pesist with Chandrasekhar despite being hit all over paid off. Tiger believed in his instincts and backed his players esp. the spinners to the hilt. His quick wit will be missed in commentary boxes. May his soul rest in peace.
A great captain. He led a team which did not have great names. Told them to play like Indians. I remember one incident. We were practising at the Fathe Maidan stadium in Hyderabad when Tiger walked and took pemission from our captian to knock a few balls. Our captain was too happy to oblige him. Tiger went into the dressing room and picked up a cricket shoe lying there and came to the nets. We were shocked to see the shoe had a small hole in it. He thanked us and left after about 10 minutes batting.We were very impressed with his simplicity and excellent manners.
As an adolcent, I remeber Nawab Mansul Ali Khan Pataudi, walking though the stone laid lanes of Sohna, Distt Gurgaon, Haryana from where he contested may be one and only political election for Haryana Assembly. Women folk were coming out in curiosity to see how he looked like. I always felt sad how such a nice person could loose the election. But politics is like that only... may be not for nice people
I still rmemeber as a youngster heraing the likes of Alan Mcgilvray , Lindsay Hasset on the ABC in 67-68 series when Pataudi hit fast bowler Graham Mckenzie over his head which lesft the commentrator dumbfounded. How can i forget his mannerism of going to bowler setting his filed for the bowler and take the cap from the bowler and give it to the umpire or his sharp and flat throw from the cover point boundary. Tiger you shall always remian etched in my memory
When Pataudi represented as captain at the age of 21 and handled far more seniors like chandu borde, dilip sardeshai, hanumnt singh (prince hanumant singh), with great respect. He was very intelligent and could read game nicely. But he (so far i noticed) was a bit introvert but he was never a proud man. Still team mates, (what we came to know through different news papers) did respect him and his tactics. I can still remember that Prasanna was his best choice bowler, inspite of the fact, chandrasekhar helped him to win the game. In fact, Prasanna is a great off spinner and not only he was famous for spin but he had the great heart to loop the ball with deceiving flight. I have seen Prasanna enjoyed great admiration from Tiger because of his attacking bowling with superb flight, spin and accurate length of each delivery. TIGER PATAUDI WILL REMAIN IN THE HEARTS OF INDIANS BECAUSE OF HIS PERSONALITY, CRICKET THINKER, EXCELLENT LOOKING, AND FINALLY A NAWAB IS ALWAYS NAWAB. I SALUTE WITH GREAT RESPECT.
Re: OUR PRESENT SO CALLED GREATS CAN'T IMMAGINE TIGERS IN THE PAS
by deepak on Sep 23, 2011 05:52 PM
come on..Pataudi was a mediocre batsman and very little to show in terms of victory in test cricket. He was also very aloof from players. The appointment of Pataudi was also a political sucking up by the Congress to prove its secular credentials. He was hardly 21 and placed to insult senior players. Typical slavish mentality. A fine gentleman though as feudal people are, but he could nto rise above Islamic bigotry as he insisted on conversion for Sharmila.
Why make this news so big yaar? He is after all an average cricketer. You can argue that he played with one eye. Boss, if his chance was given to a normal player, he would have performed better than this Jack eyed player. Just because he hails from Royal family, it doesn't mean you should make this news big. There are players who served India and are struggling to make their lives like B.S Chandrashekar. Rather let media make news about them atleast when they are alive so that their living conditions become better.
Sorry if I had hurt somebody. But I am just trying to bring out the truth.
Re: Why make it so big?
by Father on Sep 23, 2011 03:52 PM
Commentator. Its not so simple as u understood. There are hell lot of things about Tiger which need to brought in notice. He is not getting attention bcoz of his royal back ground but bcoz he was a born leader, a fighter and superb human being. Its nt only Indian Media but world media paying tribute to the Tiger
Re: Re: Why make it so big?
by deepak on Sep 23, 2011 05:55 PM
He came from a very fanatical Muslim family as his parents made him convert Sharmila - who did not hv the dignity to say no. Today Saif goes on doing the same for Amrita & Kareena.
remember meeting Pataudi at Tellicherry way back in early 70s when he was playing a Ranji trophy match. I remember while he was fielding , he was chasing a ball and when he knew that he wouldn’t cut off the boundary, he threw his hat right on to the ball. Obviously that was against the rule and he himself signalled the “ boundary”. He was laughing and the whole stadium burst out....the knowledgeable Tellicherrians...!! But that was his sense of humour!! The next day the News Papers promptly brought out the pic with the caption “ The Nawab’s hatrick.”
It was a great moment for me to have shaken hands with him at Tellicherry as boy of 17 or 18 then.
Later I remember watching him at Bangalore Chinnaswamy stadium when he made fine century against England in a three day match and he was selected to play the Test match. This was way back in ’73 or ‘74 during our REC days, we went hiking to Bangalore staying put at Bangalore Rly station dormitory.
We went to watch Pataudi in action!
Pataudi was a romantic hero and even more so when he married one of my favourite (then...!!!)“dimpled “ heroine Sharmila Tagore.
My first book on Cricket which I bought for me to keep was “ The Tiger” by Pataudi. I bought it years back!!
His leadership was unique. He says “the ‘boys’ are mature enough to know what to do...I just remind them..” He was a ”cool” captain....
Tiger on the field and Nawab off it..... passes away....sad...Nawab of Pataudi,the legendary cricketer and the youngest captain of Indian Cricket passed away today at 6 pm at Delhi.
Pataudi – TIGER Pataudi, as he is fondly called-was a of cricketer our era. He inspired us..indeed me at least. He,Jaisimha,FarookhEngineer,PollyUmrigar,SalimDurrani,Prasanna,Chandrasekhar,Ventataraghavan, Eknath Solkar..... were some of the great cricketers of 60s and 70s.
Pataudi was a stylish cricketer for whose style of batting I had a fascination for. He was thrust upon with captaincy at age of 21, at West Indies when Nari Contractor, the then Captain of our team was hit on his head by a ball from Charlie Griffith and was taken out of the ground. Pataudi took charge.
He was our captain for 40 tests(he played 46 tests) but won only 6 or 7 tests. However, he was legendary cricketer for the simple fact that here is a batsman who faced fiery fast bowlers of the era of West Indies with a single eye. ( Pataudi had lost an eye – his right one in a car accident in England)
I remember meeting Pataudi at Tellicherry way back in early 70s when he was playing a Ranji trophy match. I remember while he was fielding , he was chasing a ball and when he knew that he wouldn’t cut off the boundary, he threw his hat right on to the ball. Obviously that was against the rule and he himself signalled the “ boundary”. He was laughing and the whole stadium burst out....the kn