London: In a tribute to his late father, Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan says that with his flamboyant leadership style, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi gave India the much needed confidence on the cricket field.
Saif's tribute came in writing in a handbook, Tribute to Tiger, issued by the Indian Journalists' Association (IJA) released at the launch of a book titles 'Pataudi: Nawab of Cricket' at Lord's Cricket Ground.
"It was a privilege to have him as a father. I will not talk about his international career except to say he made India proud. We were a young and developing country badly in need of confidence; and at least on the cricket field he gave this to us. He played against and sometimes beat the best in the world," Saif wrote in the handbook.