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MCC pays tribute to 'Tiger' Pataudi Published: 23 September 2011

MCC has paid tribute to H.H. The Nawab of Pataudi - known throughout the cricketing world as 'Tiger' - who has died, aged 70.

The Nawab played 46 Test Matches for India, leading the side for 40 of them, after assuming the captaincy at the age of just 21.

He was widely regarded to be one of India’s finest captains – and led his country to its first overseas Test victory in New Zealand in 1968.

His father, the senior Nawab of Pataudi, played for both England and India, wearing MCC’s colours on England’s 'Bodyline' tour of Australia in 1932-33.

Tiger Pataudi captained both Oxford University and Sussex CCC.

Although his vision in his right eye was permanently damaged by a car accident at Oxford, he continued to excel as a batsman and fielder, and enjoyed a first-class career lasting nineteen years.

In recognition of the Pataudi family contribution to both Indian and English cricket, MCC commissioned The Pataudi Trophy in 2007, presented to the winning captain after England’s home series against India.

'Impression'

Charles Fry, a past President of MCC, played under Pataudi at Oxford University, and was Chairman of the Club when it commissioned The Pataudi Trophy:

Fry said: "Tiger made an immediate impression when he came up to Oxford – he was always a wonderful batsman, but before his accident he was simply amazing.

"He was also the most exciting cover fielder, extraordinarily quick on his feet. He was a true character.

“MCC commissioned The Pataudi Trophy in 2007 to celebrate the first England v India Test series, and to recognise the immense contribution Pataudi made to the game, particularly in India.”

Pataudi was elected as an MCC Honorary Life Member in 1972.


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