Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture

The Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture was started by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 6 February 2013. It was done to honour the former Indian cricketer Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi who is no longer alive.[1][2] The inaugural Lecture was delivered by former captain of the Indian cricket team Sunil Gavaskar on 20 February 2013, at the Taj Coromandel hotel in Chennai. The BCCI even indicated that the lecture will be an annual event.[3]


Mansur Ali Khan was an Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. He was Nawab of Bhopal until 1971, when India abolished royal entitlements through the 26th Amendment to the Constitution of India.[4] He was an Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1962, and a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968. He published an autobiography, Tiger's Tale, in 1969. He was the manager of the India team in 1974–75, and referee for two Ashes Tests in 1993. He was later a member of the council of the Indian Premier League.[5] Mr. Pataudi was admitted to New Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on 22 September 2011 with an acute lung infection caused by chronic interstitial lung disease which prevented his lungs from exchanging oxygen properly. He died of respiratory failure the same day.[6]

The BCCI decided to start the memorial lecture immediately after Mr. Pataudi's wife and Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore, wrote a letter to the BCCI President N. Srinivasan. She in the letter criticised the BCCI for delaying the decision to institute the lecture. Mrs. Tagore had also demanded that the 2012 India-England cricket series be named after her husband. But the BCCI at that time expressed its inability to do so since the series had already been named as Anthony De Mello Trophy to honour the first BCCI secretary Anthony de Mello.[1][7]

On the day of the memorial lecture's institution, the BCCI in a press release said,

"The annual lecture will be a part of the Indian Cricket season. It has been envisaged as a forum for a speaker from across the world to share his thoughts on the glorious game, as a way to help evolve it further. The audience will comprise like-minded individuals and other key stakeholders of the sport."[1][7]

First Memorial Lecture

The inaugural Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture was delivered by former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar at the Taj Coromandel hotel in Chennai on 20 February 2013. Gavaskar in his lecture told a lot about Mr. Pataudi. He praised him for improving the Indian cricket, saying, "His adventurous style of play, his charisma, and his fondness for a practical joke changed how the game was played and perceived in the country." Several Indian and Australian cricketers who were part of the India-Australia cricket series were also present in the audience. He wished both the teams best of luck, and said to "introduce a smile or two to what was sure to be a hard-fought series." The entire memorial lecture, was broadcast live on the website[8] He also asked the cricket administrators to give Test cricket what it truly deserves.[9]

None of the family members of Mansur Pataudi could attend the lecture. Every family member had a different reason for not being able to attend the memorial lecture. Even Mrs. Tagore, on whose repeated request the BCCI had started the lecture could not attend because of food poisoning. She later said,

"I am really very sad that I couldn't make it to Chennai for the inaugural lecture. I am suffering from severe bout of food poisoning and it became impossible for me to attend the event. I fell so ill that I have been admitted to a local nursing home. Saif is shooting for Bullet Raja while Soha is promoting her flm Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster. Saba was also busy on the day with her event. So, I was the only one who was free to attend the event today but I unfortunately fell ill."[10]

Second Lecture

Anil Kumble gave the second Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture on November 13, 2013 at the Crystal Room, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai. The Lecture was attended by members of the Pataudi family, former India captains, current and former office-bearers of the BCCI, senior representatives of the BCCI’s Affiliated Units and the Indian and West Indian Teams.[11]

Third Lecture

VVS Laxman gave the third Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture on November 12, 2014 at The Taj Bengal, Kolkata.[12]

Fourth lecture

Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid gave the fourth MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture on 1 December 2015. He spoke on issues at the junior level of the game and advised few corrective measures.[13]


Number Lecturer Year
1 Sunil Gavaskar 2013
2 Anil Kumble 2014
3 VVS Laxman 2014
4 Rahul Dravid 2015

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "An annual lecture in memory of Pataudi". PTI. New Delhi. The Hindu. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  2. "BCCI institutes annual lecture in memory of Pataudi". PTI. New Delhi. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  3. "'Tiger brought fun to the game'". The Hindu. Chennai. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  4. "The Constitution (Twenty-sixth Amendment) Act, 1971". Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  5. Kumar, Jai (24 September 2011). "Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi: Batsman known for his elegance and courage who became the youngest Test captain and led India 40 times". The Independent. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  6. "India loses its favourite Tiger". Times of India. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  7. 1 2 "BCCI finally agrees to institute annual lecture after Pataudi". IANS. Firstpost. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  8. "'Tiger brought fun to the game'". The Hindu. Chennai. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  9. Ali, Qaiser Mohammad (21 February 2013). "'He liberated Indian cricket': Gavaskar pays tribute to legend Tiger Pataudi during Memorial lecture". Mail Online India. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  10. "Sharmila Tagore misses inaugural lecture of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial". Desimartini. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  11. Reintroduce children to the magic of cricket - Dravid
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