The aura of Tiger Pataudi

Tiger Pataudi was cricket's original superstar, such was his aura even his teammates were struck by it, to the extent many did not know how to address him. Till the time he left us last year, I saw senior colleagues referring to Pataudi not by his name. Instead, they played safe, calling him Skip or Captain.

updated: March 06, 2013 14:02 IST
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Tiger Pataudi is one of Indian cricket's all-time favourite son, his career a glorious cocktail of cricket, charisma and celebrity. In part this was due to his background, his drop dead good looks, his marriage and the delicious romance attached to his career - the inspiring triumph of overcoming a horrible physical disability.

There is also the stirring stuff about how he led India in 40 of the 46 matches he played, how he gave respect to Indian cricket and took it forward. Much has been said, written and spoken about his contribution in bringing Indianness into the Indian dressing room, leading from the front, in creating an all spin bowling attack, focussing on fielding in an era when dropping catches was normal and chasing balls in the deep was considered a waste of time and effort.

Pataudi's career has been beautifully captured in a book called Pataudi, the Nawab of Cricket which contains articles written by players who played with him and others who observed him from a distance. Also, there are excellent pieces written by his family, wife Sharmila and daughters Soha and Saba that are not only personal and intimate but provide a rare insight about Pataudi.

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