Advertisement
Monday, Sep 27, 2021
Outlook.com

To The Glamour Born

The feline authority of the ‘Noob’ pushed me to do a Grace as umpire

To The Glamour Born
AP
To The Glamour Born
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

The first time I met Tiger Pataudi was in October 1961. We met in his rooms at Balliol College in Oxford. He had invited some friends to listen to some Indian classical music. He provided the accompaniment on the tabla. Tiger, by then, was already the most famous student at Oxford. The Nawab of Pataudi was rated as the best batsman to have ever played for Oxford. He was without doubt something of a legend at Oxford. He cut a dashing figure, with his aristocratic features. But what made him special was the kind of cricket he played. Cavalier, swashbuckling, flamboyant—these are some of the words that come to mind.

A close friend and contemporary of ours at Oxford, Mueen Afzal, had this to say about Tiger, whom we affectionately referred to as the ‘Noob’: “Sad to hear of the death of the original Noob. The year 1961 was when he was at his best. I was fortunate to see him bat against the leading bowlers in English cricket: Statham, Trueman, Titmus, Illingworth, Tattersall, Wilson et al. That summer the Aussies came...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

'Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh': How King Khan Impacted Women's Aspirations In India

'Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh': How King Khan Impacted Women's Aspirations In India

Author Shrayana Bhattacharya has been investigating women's employment across different sectors and found how, Shah Rukh Khan had an impact beyond Bollywood films.

UP Cabinet Expansion: Half A Dozen MLAs Likely To Take Oath, Backward And SC Fraternity May Get Preference

UP Cabinet Expansion: Half A Dozen MLAs Likely To Take Oath, Backward And SC Fraternity May Get Preference

The number of votes of backward and SC/ST fraternities in the state is very high and that is the primary reason why BJP is giving preference to them.

'Sixth-Time Lucky' For Harshal Patel

'Sixth-Time Lucky' For Harshal Patel

RCB bowler removed Hardik Patel, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar off successive deliveries to claim a hat-trick.

Cyclone Gulaab Likely To Make Landfall By Midnight, Red Alert In 7 Odisha Districts

Cyclone Gulaab Likely To Make Landfall By Midnight, Red Alert In 7 Odisha Districts

Cyclone ‘Gulaab’ is likely to move westwards and cross the north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coast around. Wind speeds could reach 75-85 km/hr, gusting up to 95 km/hr, during landfall.

Advertisement