Mumbai, Oct 26 IBNS | 2 years ago

Anil Kumble, former India captain, will deliver the second annual Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture on Nov 13.

He will deliver the lecture at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov 13, at the Crystal Room, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.

One of the greatest match-winners in the history of the sport, Kumble is India's highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs. He is only the second bowler to take all ten wickets in a Test innings.

He led India with distinction in 14 Tests. Throughout his international career, which spanned eighteen years, from 1990 to 2008, he excelled in pressure situations.

He is presently the Chairman of the BCCI's Technical Committee, and the ICC Cricket Committee, besides being the President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

The sterling qualities that Kumble has epitomised, as cricketer, leader and administrator, make him the perfect candidate to deliver the lecture, which was instituted by the BCCI in honour of an individual who battled many a crisis successfully, and instilled self-respect and a fighting spirit in the Indian cricket team of his time.

"It will be a great honour to deliver the second MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture. Tiger Pataudi was one of those who shaped the history of Indian cricket, by leading from the front. We will always be indebted to him for his impact on Indian cricket, as a player and leader," Anil Kumble said.

The annual MAK Pataudi Lecture is an integral part of India's 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 likeminded individuals and other key stakeholders of the sport.

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, known to the cricketing world as 'Tiger,' represented India in 46 Tests from 1961-62 to 1974-75, and scored 2,793 runs, inclusive of six centuries. He captained the national side in forty Tests, and was in charge when India registered their first-ever Test series win on foreign soil, in New Zealand in 1967-68.

He was one of those who with his accomplishments and encouragement to the country's junior cricketers in the 1960s, helped lay the foundation for India's rise as a cricketing power in subsequent decades. The memorial lecture is a humble recognition of his contribution to the sport.

The Lecture will be attended by the India and West Indies cricket teams, members of the Pataudi family, former India captains, cricketers who played Tests alongside and under MAK Pataudi, current and former office-bearers of the BCCI, senior representatives of the BCCI's Affiliated Units, and other select invitees.

The inaugural Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi lecture was delivered by Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain, on Feb 20, in Chennai.

(Posted on 26-10-2013)