Born with a silver spoon, Late Mansoor Ali Khan (MAK) was born in the royal family of Nawabs of Pataudi on 5th January 1941. And at that time, little did anyone know that the 'Nawab of cricket' was born. Also known as 'Tiger Pataudi', Late MAK spent his childhood in a palace which had 150 rooms, 100 servants and unlimited wealth but he wanted more.
The 9th Nawab of the Princely state of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan was a true hero and the finest cricketer in the history. Commentator John Arlott and former England captain and contemporary Ted Dexter mentioned that Mansoor Ali Khan is the "best fielder in the world".
You will be surprised to know that Mansoor Ali Khan has played hockey, billiards, polo and many other sports in addition to cricket. The greatness of this man cannot be fully expressed in this article but we surely can highlight some of the rarest moments from his life. Here are the unknown facts about the finest sportsman Late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi:
Pataudi once said that he got the nickname “Tiger” as a kid, well before he started playing cricket. “I don’t know why, except as an infant, it seems, I had a tigerish propensity for crawling energetically about the floor on all fours,” explains Pataudi in his autobiography.
Pataudi was celebrating his 11th birthday with his older sister Saleha and younger sisters Sabiha and Qudisa when his mother entered the room and told the kids, “Your father is dead!” Pataudi Senior died on the saddle while playing a polo match. He was just 41.
Tiger Pataudi’s first meaningful coach as a youngster was from the great Frank Wooley, the legendary English all-rounder whose tally of 58,959 runs is the second highest in First-Class cricket, behind Sir Jack Hobbs.
Pataudi had a natural liking for other sports. He teamed up with Christopher Snell to win the public schools rackets title. He played hockey and billiards for Oxford. Pataudi also played soccer as a wing-half.
Besides a fine cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan was an avid listener of Bollywood and Indian classical music. Tiger was a great fan of Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood and Mohammad Rafi.
Unfortunately, this great human being is no more with us all. But one thing is for sure, we will never ever be able to witness such great sportsmanship ever again. Stay tuned for more sports related updates.