The Nawab of Pataudi showed spirit, courage and a touch of anger when he made 75, batting with an injured leg, at the MCG
The Nawab of Pataudi jnr scored six Test hundreds, but many considered his finest innings to be the 75 at the MCG in 1967-68. Coming in to bat at 25 for 5 on a green wicket, Pataudi needed a runner because of a pulled hamstring that had kept him out of the previous Test. Unable to play several front-foot shots, he made up by hooking. By the time he was dismissed, India's total had been lifted to 162. In the second innings, with India facing an innings defeat, Pataudi scored another half-century, and added 54 with the No. 10, Ramakant Desai. India lost by an innings and four runs, but Pataudi's 75 made it to No. 14 in Wisden Asia Cricket's list of the top 25 Indian Test innings.
KN Prabhu: Pataudi's 75 was, as one observer termed it, "an innings played with one leg and one eye" in a thin drizzle on a dark day. To add to the handicap of his vision, he had also suffered a pulled hamstring, but he played stirringly despite these problems, in difficult batting conditions. One school of thought has it that Pataudi's and his team's struggles were partly of his own making, for he himself chose to bat on a pitch that was so green that I could only distinguish it from the rest of the ground because the grass had been rolled. But he did not have much by way of pace bowling, and he must have been hoping that his spinners would come into their own in the fourth innings. As it happened, his batting line-up fell around him on the first day, but he found some support from Rusi Surti, and as the day went on he proceeded to play some thrilling leg-side strokes, including several hooks. I remember Lindsay Hassett coming up to me during the game and saying, "That's the way Bradman used to attack the bowling."
KN Prabhu covered the tour of Australia for the Times of India