India's cricket legend Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, known for his
swashbuckling style on and off the cricket field, died here
Thursday after battling a lung infection for about a month. He was
The former Indian captain, who was admitted to the Sir Gangaram
Hospital here, is survived by his wife, veteran actress Sharmila
Tagore, and three children - daughters Soha and Saba and son Saif.
His son Saif, a popular actor, and his partner Kareena Kapoor were
by his side when he breathed his last, doctors at the hospital
He played 46 Test matches for India between 1961 and 1975.
A car accident permanently damaged vision in his right eye when he
was only 20. This, however, did not affect his widely acclaimed
Popularly known as Tiger, he was the ninth and last Nawab of
Pataudi, now in Haryana.
On Thursday morning, doctors had warned that Pataudi's condition
was deteriorating and he was critical.
"His condition has deteriorated since Wednesday and he is unable
to maintain his oxygen level in spite of maximum treatment. He
continues to remain in the ICU (intensive care unit)," Neeraj
Jain, senior consultant and chairman of pulmonolgy (chest
medicine) at Gangaram Hospital in central Delhi, had said.
Pataudi had been admitted to the hospital in August with acute
"This disease... had been static since the last three months. It
worsened very acutely over the last four weeks," Jain said.
"The possibility of lung transplant was discussed very early as
soon as his condition worsened. But he was not a suitable
candidate for it," he added.
A dashing cricketer, Pataudi hit the arclights when he married the
young Sharmila Tagore in 1969.
The connection to Indian cinema endured through the decades when
his son Saif also became a Bollywood actor and so did his daughter
In his later years, Pataudi was a familiar figure in Delhi