Family, friends and Pataudi say goodbye to their last Nawab


Family members, friends, fans and the people of Pataudi bid a tearful farewell to former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi on Friday before his burial this afternoon.

The former captain, who would forever be remembered for leading India to their maiden Test series triumph abroad, died on Thursday at Ganga Ram Hospital due to an acute lung infection at the age of 70.

He was buried in his ancestral palace, next to the grave of his father Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi -- the last ruling Nawab of Bhopal.

Pataudi's body was brought to his Vasant Vihar residence early Friday morning for the journey to his native Pataudi village where the last rites were performed.

Nearly 15,000 people trooped into the Pataudi palace or stood at the burial site since morning to catch a last glimpse of the charismatic cricketer and the last Nawab.

His wife Sharmila Tagore, daughters Soha and Saba and actress Kareena Kapoor were seen on the palace balcony as son Saif Ali Khan led the procession to the burial ground. Before the procession began, a short prayer service was held for the departed around 2.15 pm.

Among those who came to pay their respects were Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik with his wife, former cricketers Kapil Dev and Ajay Jadeja, and Punjab Cricket Association chief I S Bindra. Kareena's elder sister Karishma Kapoor also attended the funeral ceremony.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, and BJP leader Arun Jaitley also paid their respects to Pataudi, who led India in 40 of the 46 Test matches he played and was fondly called 'Tiger'.

Pataudi's body was taken to Pataudi in an ambulance around 10.30 am and his family offered Friday prayers before the procession began.

The former cricketer's daughter, actress Soha Ali Khan, was inconsolable while Kareena was also seen crying as the body was taken out.

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