Jamia names its Sports Complex after cricketer Pataudi, pavilion after Sehwag: The ultra-modern Sports Complex of Jamia Millia Islamia was today named after the legendary cricketer Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and one of the pavilions after the hard-hitting former India opener Virender Sehwag, an alumnus of the central university.
Pataudi’s wife and yesteryears actress Sharmila Tagore unveiled a plaque naming the Sports Complex after her late husband, popularly known as Tiger Pataudi, at an impressive function attended by Sehwag, Jamia Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad and senior faculty members, officials and students of the university.
The complex was earlier known as Bhopal Ground as the land on which it is located was donated to the university by Pataudi’s mother Sajida Sultan, the Begum of Bhopal.
Speaking on the occasion, Sharmila said that Tiger Pataudi loved his game and his team and always wanted to achieve his goal to win a match.
She said that “Indian Cricket at the moment was in a state of considerable reflection. It was blessed with resources in terms of players and infrastructure. However, some big questions remained keeping in mind the situation we are in today, I have no doubt Tiger would have said ‘put the sports first and foremost at the centre of every decision you take’”.
Prof. Talat Ahmad talked about the contribution made by Pataudi to Cricket and said he was one of the most successful Captains India has seen until now.
By expressing his gratitude for the honour, Sehwag who had graduated from the University in 2001-02 remembered his days in the university and asked the students to take interest in sports while making marks in their academic career.
Pataudi played in 46 Test matches for India between 1961 and 1975, scoring 2,793 runs at a Test batting average of 34.91, including 6 Test centuries.
He captained the Indian side in 40 of his 46 matches, only 9 of which resulted in victory for his team, with 19 defeats and 19 draws. His victories included India’s first ever Test match win overseas against New Zealand in 1968.
An aggressive right handed opening batsman and a right arm off-spinner, Sehwag played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian Test Team in 2001.
The newly named Sports Complex has indoor games facilities, a cricket ground, football field, basketball and lawn tennis courts. Ranji Trophy matches are a regular feature at the cricket ground, according to university release.