Miss you, Tiger
- Narendra Modi has deep character flaws... wouldâve fought in Varanasi if I knew Hindi: PC
- India-US chill claims Nancy Powellâs job
- Jobs report gloomy, prospects worst for graduates, shows all-India govt data
- Will act on report based on Tarun Tejpal CCTV tapes: Goa Police
- Elections 2014 LIVE: Advani praises Modi, Smriti Irani takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi
The Nawab has passed away. He was my friend and a great of the game. On both counts, he will be sorely missed.
My association with the Nawab goes back fifty years. I first met him through some common friends at Oxford, and the first thing that struck me about him was the God-given gift he possessed to treat all men as equals. He was an amateur back then, a man of singular talent. Of course he was a dashing young fellow with an exquisite cover drive, but what stood out were the qualities of an old- fashioned gentleman in him, even as a young man. He stood apart for his kind nature and a heart of gold.
I followed his cricket closely during his varsity days and went on to become a great fan of his captaincy when he plied his trade for India. But the Nawab I know, adore and remember is the man himself, the brilliant nature possessed within his shy being.
Despite hailing from a royal family, and having the blood of a Maharaja (as we like to refer to the Indian princes back here in England) flowing in his veins, Pataudi was a man for the masses, someone who reached beyond both the realms of his sport. He always considered himself lucky and privileged to be born in such a family, and wasn't the kind to throw his weight around. The Nawab liked to earn people's respect. That was his style, both on and off the field. I was fortunate to have called him my friend.
Cricket may have been his focus during his college days, but he was well read, well educated and a jolly good fellow. In fact, he would often tell me how much he loved my books. Kane and Abel won plenty of critical acclaim, but one of my most cherished reviews came from the Nawab. He told me it was his favourite, and he is a great fan of the book.
- AAP all set to launch students’ wing in state
- Cleaning firm owner booked as another manual scavenger dies
- ‘Egoistic’ Adhalrao-Patil triggers exodus of Shiv Sena members to MNS
- Maya cites Godhra: Riots inevitable if Modi becomes PM
- Hours after SP claims clerics’ support, ‘real’ SUC denies it
- AAP man against Khurshid quits, claims corruption in party