Mumbai: Former left-arm spinner and handy lower order batsman Bapu Nadkarni said that former India skipper Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who died due to a lung infection in Delhi on Thursday, was "a much misunderstood man" during his playing days because of his aloofness.
"He was a much misunderstood man. His handicap was he did not know many players in the team as he had come from England (where he was an Oxford Blue). He was a loner, but he was a good man," said Nadkarni, who was among the seniors whom Pataudi had captained.
Pataudi was pitchforked into captaining the Indian team which had seniors like Polly Umrigar, Vijay Manjrekar and Nadkarni in it, when tour skipper Nari Contractor suffered a near-fatal skull injury in the early part of the disastrous series in the West Indies in 1962.