From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.40 :: Oct. 06, 2011
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's walk was imitated, his manner of pushing up his collar copied, but it was impossible to bat like him. For that you needed to be open-chested, a natural ball player (he excelled at snooker and squash too), and have a part of the cap pulled over your right eye. In later years, very briefly — especially in that World Cup onslaught against Waqar Younis in Bangalore — Ajay Jadeja brought back the Tiger flavour especially when lofting the ball. By Suresh Menon.
A class apart
“Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi did not believe in trial and error methods. He was precise. He was a brilliant captain,” says Anshuman Gaekwad, the former India batsman, national selector and coach, as he pays tribute to his idol. By G. Viswanath.
IMPRESSIONS OF TIGER
A misunderstood gentleman
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was one of India's most charismatic and prolific cricketers. Despite losing vision in one of his eyes, Pataudi, predominantly brought up in England, carried out a genuine transformation in the outlook and approach to the game in India. To his peers he would always remain as a captain of rare courage and a truly gentleman cricketer.
He was a contemporary of my cousin Javed Burki, and what I heard from my cousins, and from his contemporaries, was that had he not lost his eye apparently, he was a genius of great proportions. Anyone who knows batting, knows that it's ...
A dear friend and a good human being
It is a shame that so much is being written and bestowed in Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's memory now. I wish he had read some of it. If only the cricket establishment had appreciated his contributions better! He deserved much more from the game and its administrators. By Abbas Ali Baig.
The way to go for Australia
After its recent series win in Sri Lanka, Australia is ranked number four in Test cricket. The coming series against South Africa and India should provide the platform for Australia to take a realistic stock of its strength, writes Vijay Lokapally.
‘England's ascent began a decade ago'
“The current England side has great depth. This is the result of a lot of hard work and commitment from all its players,” says Matthew Hoggard while doffing his hat to Andrew Strauss and his boys. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
The aura of Tiger Pataudi
Apart from his cricketing achievements, I will remember Pataudi for his poise and the dignified manner in which he conducted himself. It is rather a shame that the BCCI allowed him to stay away from the game except for his brief stint in the IPL Governing Council.
To hand the World Cup to Qatar with its total lack of football status and tradition, not to mention the appalling heat of its summer months, passed all understanding. That large sums of money changed hands has been suggested frequently. But the choice of Qatar has tended to obscure the highly debatable choice of Russia as host for the 2018 World Cup. Over to Brian Glanville.
He belongs at the top
Mikel Arteta has looked the part in Arsenal's midfield and if he stays fit then who knows, a call-up to the Spain squad might not be out of the question, writes Jack Presswell.
LET'S BE FRANK
Tale of two Owens
Both the veterans scored goals in the Carling Cup recently, Michael Owen netting twice against Leeds while Owen Hargreaves, released on a free transfer by United, scored a goal on his debut for City against Birmingham. By Frank Malley.
What's in store for England?
England manager Fabio Capello talks of casting out the old, bringing in the young and new. But, Arsenal's Jack Wilshere apart, where and who are they? Brian Glanville pops up the question.
Owen grabs chance to shine
The former England international's performance against Leeds again prompted calls for him to be given a role with the national side, even if it means coming on as an impact player in the closing stages of matches.
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