The Indian Player Who Played The Ashes Test Match!

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Krishna Hariharan
May 16, 2019   •  33 views

Mohammad Iftikhar Ali Khan Siddiqui Pataudi, sometimesI. A. K. Pataudi(16 March 1910 – 5 January 1952) was the eighth Nawab of Pataudi and the chief of the India National Cricket Team for the visit to England in 1946. The termNawab of Pataudi alludes to the line period of leaders of the forme regal Pataudi state in Northern India. Pataudi was built up in 1804 by the British East India Company.

Iftikhar Ali Khan is also a hockey player, billiards player, and accomplished speaker. He was coached at school in India by Oxford cricketer M. G. Slater and then in England byFrank Wolley. He went to Oxford in 1927. In the 1931 season, he scored 1,307 runs for Oxford and finished with abatting averageof 93, heading the Oxford averages.

CONFIDENCE
In the University match that year, Alan scored 201 for Cambridge, a new record. Pataudi announced that he would beat it and hit 238* on the extremely following day. This remained as a record for the University Match until 2005. Pataudi qualified to play for Worcestershirein 1932 yet played just three matches and scored only 65 keeps running in six innings.

However, his slaughter of Tich Freemanwith marvelous footwork during an innings of 165 for the Gentleman at Lord’sin July 1932 gained him a place on the Ashes tour for that winter. He was selected as a Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1932.

He was selected for the first Test of the 1932 – 1933. Pataudi scored a century (102) on his Test debut in Sydney, which England won by 10 wickets. The captain of England, Jardine followed bodyline tactics to survive against the strong technique of Don Bradman.

A bodyline conveyance was one where the cricket ball was bowled at the body of the batsman, with the expectation that when he guarded himself with his bat, a subsequent diversion could be gotten by one of a few defenders standing close by. Upon Pataudi's refusal to have his spot in a bodyline leg-side field, Jardine answered, "I see His Highness is a pacifist." He was dropped after the second Test in Melbourne, wherein he scored 15 and 5, and did not play again that arrangement.

BACK TO COUNTY
1933 was Pataudi's solitary full period of district cricket, and he batted magnificently, again butchering Freeman at Worcester and scoring two other twofold hundreds. He completed with 1749 keeps running at a normal of 49, yet after progressively splendid batting from the get-go in 1934 his wellbeing separated and he played only ten diversions, in spite of the fact that recording a batting normal of 91.33.

He played in his third and last Test for England in June 1934, against Australia at Trent Bridge, scoring 12 and 10. Pataudi did not play at all in 1935 and 1936 and just multiple times inside and out in 1937 and 1938. Regardless, in these amusements, he batted so well that Worcestershire, feeble in batting, was continually lamenting he couldn't play all the more frequently.

FINALLY, FOR INDIA!
He has been considered as a possible captain for the India team in its first Test match in 1932, at Lord's, but withdrew his name from consideration. He was actually appointed a captain for the India tour of England in 1936, but withdrew at the last moment, ostensibly on health grounds. He at last played for India when he captained the Tour to England in 1946. Regardless of averaging 46.71 on the visit, his scored just 55 keeps running in 5 Test innings, and his captaincy was likewise condemned. He was Indian Cricketer of the Year in 1946/47.

He planned a return to play for Worcestershire for the 1952 county cricket season but died at Delhi with a heart attack while playing polo on 5 January 1952, also his son's eleventh birthday. His child Mansoor, known as the Nawab of Pataudi Jr., additionally later filled in as chief of the India cricket group.

This cricketer is the grandfather of the Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan and the great grandfather of current Bollywood sensation Sara Ali Khan!

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