Pataudi played for the country between 1961 and 1975. He was arguably India's greatest captain. He scored 2793 runs for an average of 34.91. Pataudi led India in 40 of the 46 Test matches he played. An unbeaten 203 was his highest score. In all, he smashed six centuries and 16 fifties in his career.
Pataudi's finest moment came in 1967 when India defeated New Zealand 3-1 to record their maiden overseas Test series triumph.
In 1964, Pataudi was bestowed the Farina Award before being honoured with a Padma Shri in 1967.
Indian cricket fraternity reacted with shock and sorrow on the demise of former captain Mansur Ali Khan Patuadi, who died in New Delhi due to lung infection, describing him as a great human being and shrewd leader who inspired a generation of players in the country.
Former and current stalwarts of the game remembered how Pataudi had influenced their careers in different ways and said his demise has left a void in Indian cricket.
Former opening batsman Gundappa Viswanath described Pataudi as his guide in early years of his career and somebody who had always helped the youngsters.
Former captain and current selection panel chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth said Pataudi was the one cricketer who ushered in style and aggression to Indian cricket. Current India batsman Rahul Dravid said Pataudi's illustrious career made a great impact on the game and on the Indian team.
Dravid's India team-mate VVS Laxman felt Pataudi's legacy will continue even after his death. Pataudi's one-time team-mate Bishen Singh Bedi described him as the "foremost outstanding champion of Indian cricket.
Former captain Dilip Vengsarkar remembered Pataudi as an "innovative" captain who had won many matches for the country.