Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi

Country: India
Born: March 16, 1910, Pataudi, Punjab
Height: 6ft
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Died: January 05, 1952, New Delhi, (aged 41y 295d)

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi Bio

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, also known as the Nawab of Pataudi, holds a unique distinction in the history of cricket as the only player to have represented both England and India in Test cricket. Born on March 16, 1910, in Pataudi, British India, Iftikhar belonged to the royal Pataudi lineage and was destined to leave an indelible mark on the game.

Educated at the prestigious Aitchison’s College in Lahore and later at Balliol College, Oxford, Iftikhar received a fine academic foundation. However, his true calling lay in the realm of cricket, and he swiftly made his mark in the sport. In 1932, he was selected for the England squad for the infamous Bodyline series against Australia. During his debut Test, which also happened to be the Ashes contest, he showcased his remarkable talent by scoring a century at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). This extraordinary achievement earned him recognition as he followed in the footsteps of illustrious cricketers Ranji and Duleep.

Despite his initial success, Iftikhar’s journey with the England team was short-lived. His disagreement with the tactical approach of England captain Douglas Jardine led to his omission from the next Test. Eventually, Iftikhar decided to return home before the conclusion of the series, ending his association with the English team. Nevertheless, his exceptional performances in the English county circuit while playing for Worcestershire in 1933 and 1934 earned him a recall for a solitary Test against the visiting Australians in 1934, marking his last appearance for England.

However, it was as the captain of the Indian cricket team that Iftikhar truly left an indelible mark. Despite encountering setbacks earlier, he was appointed captain in 1936 ahead of the much-anticipated tour of England. The idea behind his appointment was to allow him to observe players during the winter series against Australia and handpick the team he desired. Unfortunately, Iftikhar had to withdraw from the role, citing fitness concerns in February. It took ten long years before he finally led an Indian team on a tour of England, albeit past his prime and having played limited first-class cricket in the preceding years.

The tour itself, undertaken in 1946 at the age of 36, proved to be a challenging phase for Iftikhar. While he exhibited glimpses of his extraordinary talent with centuries against Nottinghamshire and Sussex, his performances in the Test matches were relatively lackluster. Averaging just 11 runs, India faced a 1-0 defeat in the series. Moreover, his declining health forced him to retire soon after the tour.

Tragically, five years later, on his son Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s birthday, Iftikhar met his untimely demise while playing a game of polo. His contributions to cricket, both as a player and a leader, will forever be cherished in the annals of the sport.

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi’s legacy continues to inspire generations of cricketers, and his impact on Indian cricket, in particular, cannot be overstated. His dual representation for England and India adds to his unique story, making him an iconic figure in the history of cricket.

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi Career Stats

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 6 10 0 199 102 19.9 - - 1 0 - 0 0 0
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FC 127 204 24 8750 238* 48.61 - - 29 34 - - 58 0
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Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 6 - - - - - - - - - - - -
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FC 127 - 756 529 15 6/111 - 35.26 4.19 50.4 - 1 0
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