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End of a Indian Cricket Legend -- Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi ( Tribute )

NEW DELHI: Legendary cricketer and former Indian captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who was admitted to a prominent city hospital last month following lung infection, passed away on Thursday.

Pataudi was 70 years old. Pataudi had been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where a team of doctors including pulmonologists were closely monitoring his condition. Pataudi was on very high level of oxygen support, requiring intermitted BIPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) support. Pataudi was the youngest captain to lead India in Test cricket at the age of 21.

Pataudi, regarded as one of the finest Indian captains, played 46 Tests for the country, scoring 2793 runs for an average of 34.91 with an unbeaten 203 being his highest score. Pataudi led India in 40 Tests and under him India achieved their first Test overseas victory - in New Zealand.

In all, he smashed six centuries and 16 fifties in his career. The India-England Test series trophy has been named in his honour. Pataudi was admitted to the hospital on August 29 and had been diagnosed with interstitial lung disease, a condition in which the passage of oxygen to the two lungs is less than normal. Pataudi is survived by wife Sharmila Tagore and three children.

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