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On This Day: Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi is born

Cricket was introduced in India by the Britishers. Various Indian players played for the British cricket tea. However, only a few managed to get their names engraved in History. Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi was one of the few stars who earned a lot of fame as a cricket player. Pataudi is one of the earliest recorded cricket players of India. 

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi: A Legacy: 

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi took birth on 16th March 1910, i.e. exactly 110 years from today. He had royal blood running through his vein and belonged to the Pataudi House in Delhi. Born in the family of Nawabs, he was the 8th Nawab of Pataudi. Pataudi came from an influential family and was related to Mirza Galib from his wife’s side and was also associated with the future Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaqat Ali Khan.  

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi went on to play for the Britishers and also captained a free Indian side. He created a legacy, and his son Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi went on to become one of the most charismatic leaders of the Indian team. 

Why did he play for England, and why is he considered a legend?

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi belonged to an influential family. During that time there was a trend of doing studies in England. Pataudi also left for England to pursue his further education. Pataudi landed in England in 1926 and joined Balliol College in Oxford. He won laurels for his college in Hockey and Cricket. Pataudi soon became a rising star of cricket and repeatedly won the heart of English fans through his mesmerizing performances. 

Pataudi’s moment in International cricket came in 1932. He made his debut for the English side and scored a scintillating century in his first game. Pataudi was part of the famous ‘Bodyline’ series between England and Australia. He was heading towards a glorious career when his denial to partake in his team strategy cut short his career. 

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The Bodyline Series was infamous for the antiques used by the British Players

However, Pataudi also played for the Indian national cricket team in 1930s. He is the only Indian player to play for both India and England. His life came to an abrupt end in 1951, on his son’s 11th Birthday. 

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