New Delhi, Sept 22 (IBNS) Former India cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi passed away in a New Delhi hospital on Thursday evening at age 70, drawing worldwide reactions and glowing tributes by cricketers ranging from Imran Khan to Sachin Tendulkar.
A cricketing superstar, Pataudi had brought India first ever overseas victory in the 1967 against New Zealand. He had captained India in 40 Tests. So reactions poured in.
These are the first reactions of people from the world of cricket, film, politics:
Sachin Tendulkar: It is a terrible loss to the cricket world. The world of cricket will miss him.
Rahul Dravid: It is a huge loss to Indian cricket. He was so much involved in the game. He had changed a lot of things. He carried himself with so much dignity even after retirement.
“He revolutionised fielding standards in the Indian team, and across the country. In an age wherein a draw was considered as good as a win, Tiger Pataudi encouraged his players to go flat out for victory. He was an aggressive batsman who excelled in crisis situations, and showed the nation how to combat adversity.”
Bishen Singh Bedi: He was my first captain and I learnt a lot from him. He is the best Indian captain according to my thinking. He was a leader. He had great sense of humour and was a music buff.
Lalit K Modi: Tiger was not only a good friend to me but he was a key person who helped me develop the IPL. His insight for the game tremendous.
Chandu Borde: I was a vice-captain for a few matches when he was a captain. He had led his side extremely well. He had interesting sense of humour. He was a good student of the game and a very lovable person. He has gone at a young age. I am shattered.
Shekar Kapur: Deepest condolences to Sharmila, Saif, Soha and Saba, Tiger Pataudi will be missed, one of the biggest icons of my generation, why so early?
Sushma Swaraj: I am sorry to hear about the unfortunate demise of Tiger Pataudi. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Amitabh Bachchan: “Sad news .. Tiger Pataudi passes away .. !!!.”
Vivek Oberoi: “A legend of a cricketer and a legend of a man….Tiger Pataudi RIP. Sending love, strength and prayers to Saif and the family.
Akshay Kumar: “Just heard about the sad demise of Tiger Pataudi, one of India’s finest & youngest captains, a thorough gentleman an…”said on twitter.
Yuvraj Singh: You were always a tiger !! India has lost one of the best captains ever ! Rest in piece ! Respect.