Mansur Ali Khan (Mansoor) is the former Indian cricketer who served as the captain of the Indian team. He was born on 5th January 1941 to the Royal Family of Pataudi from India. He was born as the only son to his parents Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan and Sajida Sultan the former “Begum of Bhopal”. He had two sisters growing up Sabiha Begum and Saleha Pataudi. He is the father to Saif ali Khan and was married to Sharmila Tagore.
After the demise of his father in the year 1952, Mansoor succeeded as the ninth Nawab of Pataudi and held the title until the year 1971.
Mansoor Ali Khan started his education with the Minto circle officially known as Syedna Tahir Saifuddin High School in Aligarh. Later, he was transferred to Welham’s Boy’s School in Dehradun which was succeeded by Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire and Winchester College.
Caption: Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi posing.
Mansoor Ali Khan was extremely passionate about cricketing from his early stage of life and he was trained by the famous cricketer Frank Woolley during his time in Lockers Park Prep School. However later on, when he was at Winchester College, his batting skills were immensely sharpened and had also beaten the school record which wasn’t broken for four decades with 1068 runs.
Mansoor Ali Khan also played for Oxford as the first Indian Captain, when he was at the University. However, he made his first-class debut for Sussex in August of the year 1957 when he was just a teenager.
It was on 1st July of the year 1961 when he was involved in a car accident, where shrapnel from the windscreen entered his right eye, permanently damaging it. However, it was operated in time and it still made some damages as he used to see double images.
Many people suspected that it would be the end of his cricketing career, but not Mr. Mansoor Ali Khan. He was soon seen practicing on the nets with his one eye. After less than six months of the incident, he was seen on the cricket pitch where he made his Test debut against England in Delhi in December 1961.
In the third test match, he scored 103 runs which made India victorious for the first series against the then cricketing giant; England.
Mansoor Ali Khan was appointed as the vice-captain for Team India on the tour to West Indies back in the year 1962. However, in the same year around March, he was announced as the Captain; which also made him the youngest Test captain for the time.
Mansoor has played in 46 matches representing Team India from 1961 to 1975, during which he scored 2793 runs with the batting average of 34.91.
Caption: Mansoor Ali Khan’s Portrait.
Under his captaincy, India won its first ever test match overseas. He is certainly one of the forefathers of Indian Cricket and with his successful cricketing career, he has been able to win the hearts of millions of fans.
Through his career as a sportsman, he has accumulated a number of awards which include Indian Cricket “Cricketer of the year” back in 1962, Wiseden Cricketer of the year 1968 and so on. He has also published his autobiography “Tiger’s Tale” in the year 1969 and has also served the Indian team as the manager from 1974-1975.
Marriage and children.
Mansoor Ali Khan was married to the famous actress Sharmila Tagore back in the year 1969. The couple had 3 kids through their marriage, the famous actor Saif Ali Khan is Mansoor’s only son and Saba Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan is his daughters.
Mansoor Ali Khan is the Nawab of Pataudi which can be compared to being the king of an estate. He was extremely rich for his time as his inheritance alone could be worth in millions and he also earned a small fortune with his career in cricket.
Mansoor Ali Khan used to live in his Palace which is now estimated to be worth Rs 750 Crore. Apart from his Palace, he also did have many properties scattered all over the nation.