It was the day of December 27, 1969, when the procession of Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, captain of the Indian cricket team, reached the home of film actress Sharmila Tagore.
The relationship between the last ‘Nawab’ of the Pataudi principality and the famous actress of his time began four years ago in 1965, when Sharmila Tagore came to Delhi Stadium to watch the cricket match of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s team.
Born on 5 January 1941 in Bhopal, Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi inherited the game of cricket. His father Nawab Mohammad Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi represented both England and India in Test cricket. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s eleventh birthday was when his father Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi died while playing polo
In this way, the responsibility of the princely state fell on the shoulders of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi at a very young age. But his interest in playing cricket did not diminish. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was a very good batsman on one side and a fast and agile fielder on the other side. He used to pounce on the ball at a leopard-like speed. Due to his agility, he was called Tiger. At the age of sixteen, he entered the world of first class cricket
.He represented Sussex and Oxford University in England. He was the first Indian to be made the captain of the English county. In 1961, when he was just 20 years old, he had a sore eye in a car accident.