India cricket world mourned having lost it's elders with the passing of MAK Pataudi. Former India skipper Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi passed away at a Delhi hospital today evening having lost his battle of lung infection. [NDTV]
MAK Pataudi was nicknamed "Tiger" by his players for his aggressive approach in fielding in his tenure of 40 of his 46 Test as India skipper.
Pataudi, was born in January 5, 1941 and motly educated in London was survived by his wife, superstar actress, son Saif Ali Khan and daughters Saba and Soha Ali Khan.
Mansur was a former India cricket player but his eye injury at the age of 21 forces his team to appoint him as captain. India won nine Tests out of 46 under Pataudi.
Following his captaincy stint Pataudi remains active in the cricket world served as a ICC match referee between 1993 and 1996; and also a consultant to the BCCI.
Pataudi was 70, admitted to the hospital just this August with acute lung infection. His condition worsened in the past days with limited oxygen intake to his lungs despite treatment.
According to IndiaToday, thousands gather at Pataudi palace to pay homage and last respects. It includes India cricketers and celebrities like , , , Sitaram Yechury. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, Congress leaders Rajiv Shukla and 's political secretary Ahmed Patel also reach Pataudi's residence in Delhi.