Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Biography
(Former Captain of the Indian Cricket Team)
Birthday: January 5, 1941 (Capricorn)
Born In: Bhopal, India
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was an Indian Test cricketer who had also served as the captain of the Indian cricket team. Born into an affluent Muslim family in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Mansoor completed his education from top-notch schools in Aligarh, Dehradun, and Winchester. Following his high-school education, he joined ‘Oxford University’ and studied French and Arabic. His father, Iftikhar Ali Khan, was a cricketer himself. Thus, Mansoor grew up playing cricket. He initially played for the ‘Winchester School,’ honing his skills and eventually turned into an ace batsman. He played English first-class cricket for the ‘Sussex County Cricket Club.’ In the early 1960s, he moved back to India and made his Test debut for the country in December 1961. In 1962, during his tour of the West Indies, he was made the vice-captain of the Indian team. In March 1962, when the sitting captain sustained an injury, Mansoor became the youngest international Test cricket captain. He played 46 test matches for India and scored 2,793 runs, with an average of 34.91. He was also known as “Tiger Pataudi,” due to his fierce and aggressive personality. He retired from cricket in 1975 and passed away in 2011.