Rahul Dravid of India is presented with the Pataudi trophy by Tiger Pataudi during day five of the Third Test match between England and India at the Oval on 13 August 2007
The Nawab of Pataudi Sr at Balliol, Hockey XI, 1928
To celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the first England v All-India Test series in 1932, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) recently commissioned a trophy, the Pataudi Trophy, to be presented to the winning captain at the end of future England v India npower Test series.
The trophy has been named after the Nawabs of Pataudi, who have seen several generations study at Balliol, in recognition of the family’s remarkable contribution to Anglo-Indian cricket over many years.
The Nawab of Pataudi Sr (1927), Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, had the unique distinction of playing Test cricket for both England and India. He represented England in three matches between 1932 and 1934, before earning another three Test caps as India’s captain in 1946.
His son, the present Nawab of Pataudi (1959), Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, more usually known as ‘Tiger’ Pataudi, earned forty-six caps for India between 1961 and 1975 – captaining his country in no fewer than forty of these Tests. He scored 2,793 runs including six centuries in Test cricket; he played first class cricket from 1957 to 1976, scoring 15,425 runs including thirty-three centuries. He then served cricket as an ICC referee, in both Test and oneday international matches.
One of Tiger’s daughters, Soha Ali Khan (1996), also studied at Balliol and is a Bollywood actress.
The new trophy was designed and manufactured by Jocelyn Burton, the renowned silversmith, and creator of the ‘Moynihan Bowl’ (see The College silver: a spectacular gift in Floreat Domus).