Sharmila Tagore: Jayalalithaa was a fan of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

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She was also a fan of former captain Nari Contractor and she had disclosed it in an interview with actress and TV show host Simi Garewal.   “Jayalalithaa liked my husband’s batting very much. I have also heard that she used to go for the matches armed with binoculars just to watch him play,” said Sharmila.

Mumbai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, who passed away on Monday night, was a great fan of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, according to former India skipper’s wife Sharmila Tagore.

“Jayalalithaa liked my husband’s batting very much. I have also heard that she used to go for the matches armed with binoculars just to watch him play,” said Sharmila.

Sharmila had met Jayalalithaa on a number of occasions. “We used to meet frequently during the late ’60s when she was studying in Madras’ Church Park School, but I never met her with my husband.”

Pataudi was not the only player on Jayalaithaa’s fan list. She was also a fan of former captain Nari Contractor and she had disclosed it in an interview with actress and TV show host Simi Garewal. “I have never met her personally but heard in one of her interviews that she used to come to watch Pataudi and me batting,” Contractor said.

Meanwhile, TNCA secretary K.S. Viswanathan said the association’s executive committee would decide on plans to pay homage to Jayalalithaa before the Chepauk Test starting on December 16. Source

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