Former Indian captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s son and Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan has revealed that ex-England batsman Geoffrey Boycott once refused to believe that his father was visually impaired.
Nawab of Pataudi who became Indian captain at the age of 21, led team India in 40 tests who played a total of 46 matches.
Saif, in an interview with Sportskeeda, said Geoffry Boycott’s remarks for his father had angered him.
“Boycott, who I really looked up to, made me really angry one day. He said, ‘I heard about your father, it’s not possible to play Test cricket with one eye.’ I asked him if he thinks my father is lying, to which he replied, ‘Yes! I think he’s making it up,” the actor said.
“I told my father that, and he got really annoyed. He said, ‘Well, I was bloody good with two eyes. I’m just good with one.’ That was the only arrogant remark I ever heard him make.” he added.
Saif also revealed an incident when Pataudi refused the national selectors to appoint him as a Skipper in an experiment.
“In the 74/75 series, they asked him to captain against Lloyd’s West Indies. They said, ‘You captain the first two matches and we’ll see how it goes. He said, ‘I’m not interested in being put on trial at the end of my career. Either take me for all 5 Tests or don’t take me at all’,” he added.