Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi dies at 70: India lost a Hero

Mansoor Ali Khan (1941-2011)

Mansoor Ali Khan (1941-2011)

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, aka MAK Pataudi, died today, the 22nd September 2011, at the age of 70 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. He was suffering from chronic interstitial lung disease.

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is not a single diseases but a group of diseases which attacks the tissue and spaces around the air sacs in the lungs. This diseases also known as DPLD, means Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease.

Mansoor Ali Khan was admitted to hospital earlier this month and recovering well till last Tuesday. Despite best treatment, his situation severely deteriorated on last Wednesday and quickly gone out of doctors control.

He was born in Bhopal on 5th January 1941 and had a very glamorous career in Indian cricket. He captained the national team from 1962-70, but won only 9 out of 40 matches. In his test career, he scored 2793 runs in 46 test at an average of 34.91 including 6 century and 16 half-century. He also scored 15425 runs from 310 first-class matches before retirement on 1975. He also played for Sussex between 1957-70 and scored 3054 runs.

Mansoor Ali Khan studied in several schools in his early life, specially in Welham Boys’ School, Lockers Park Prep School, Winchester College and Balliol College in Oxford. In 1969, he married Sharmila Tagore, a Bollywood actress. They have three children, Saif Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan & Saba Ali Khan.

He was honored by Arjuna Award in 1964 and Padma Shri Award in 1967.

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