Sports Minister Maken pays tribute to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

Sports Minister Ajay Maken said the nation has lost a legend

New Delhi: Sep 22, 2011

Sports Minister Ajay Maken condoled the death of former India cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who passed away this evening after battling a lung infection for the last few months.

“The entire nation has lost a legend. May his soul rest in peace. My thoughts are with the family,” Maken said in a message from Beijing, where he is leading an Indian youth delegation on a 10-day trip as part of an exchange programme.

The 70-year-old cricketer, one of India’s early superstars and who was known as ‘Tiger’ in the cricket fraternity, was suffering from interstitial lung disease, a condition in which the passage of oxygen to the two lungs is less than normal.

He is survived by his wife Sharmila Tagore, his actor son Saif Ali Khan and his two daughters Soha and Saba Ali Khan.

His entire family was at his bedside when the end came at 5.55 pm this evening. (PTI)