New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar expressed his condolences on the death of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi on Thursday.
"It is a terrible loss to the cricketing world. I had the privilege of meeting him on a few occasions. World cricket will miss a hero like him. I really respected him.", said the master blaster.
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, one of the greatest cricket captains India has produced, died in New Delhi on Thursday after battling with a lung infection which was diagnosed about three months back.
Several people from the cricketing world also expressed their commiserations on Pataudi's demise.
Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted; "mansur ali khan pataudi was a real star of indian cricket..even, long after he had retired...we will miss him ! RIP."
Rohit Sharma also tweeted, "Sad to hear about Tiger Pataudi, One of the fore fathers of Indian cricket. Legend, will be missed."
Known for establishing the winning mentality in the Indian side, Pataudi had huge amount of respect among the young and the old of the Indian team. Yuvraj Singh tweeted, "You were always a tiger !! India has lost one of the best captains ever ! Rest in piece ! Respect".
New BCCI President N Srinivasan also expressed his condolences on Pataudi's death.
"I am shocked to hear the news of Tiger Pataudi's demise. He was an exemplary individual, who guided Indian cricket to unprecedented heights, as batsman, fielder and captain. He revolutionised fielding standards in the Indian team, and across the country. In an age wherein a draw was considered as good as a win, Tiger Pataudi encouraged his players to go flat out for victory. He was an aggressive batsman who excelled in crisis situations, and showed the nation how to combat adversity. I join my colleagues in the BCCI to express my condolences at his passing away. His services to Indian cricket will never be forgotten", wrote Srinivasan.
Lalit Modi, who was the chairman of the Indian Premier League when Pataudi was a part of its governing council also expressed his sadness on Pataudi's demise. "I was saddened to hear of passing away of Tiger Pataudi. May his soul rest in Peace. He was a man which inspired generations of Indians.", tweeted Modi.
"My heart felt condolences to his family. We pray god gives them all the strength to deal with there Loss. Its a loss to the Nation. Lalit Tiger was not only a good friend to me but he was a key person who helped me develop the IPL. His insight for the game tremendous.", Modi added.