NEW DELHI (Agencies) - Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, one of Indias most charismatic cricketers and a prolific batsman despite losing an eye, died on Thursday aged 70 following a lung disease, his doctors said. The former national captain, better known as the Nawab of Pataudi or 'Tiger, was admitted to a New Delhi hospital earlier this month and appeared to be recovering before his condition deteriorated on Wednesday. He was suffering from interstitial (tissue) lung disease which worsened rapidly in spite of the best treatment available, hospital spokesman SP Byotra told the Press Trust of India (PTI). Pataudi is survived by his actress wife Sharmila Tagore, two daughters and a son, Saif Ali Khan, who is a popular Bollywood actor. Pataudi played 46 Tests between 1961 and 1975, scoring 2,793 runs at an average of 34.91 with six centuries, including an unbeaten 203 against England in New Delhi in 1964. Nicknamed 'Tiger because of his excellent catching and throwing in the outfield, he was regarded as one of the Indias finest fielders. An adventurous batsman, who was not afraid to loft the ball over the infield, Pataudi played most of his career without his right eye, which he lost in a car accident in England in 1961. Pataudi became Indias captain at the age of 21 during a tour of the West Indies in 1962 when the then skipper Nari Contractor was injured after being hit on the head by a bouncer from Charlie Griffith. He led India in 40 of his 46 Tests, winning nine and securing the countrys first series win abroad in 1967 in New Zealand. Indian cricket chief Narayanswami Srinivasan led rich tributes to the legendary sportsman. Former India captain and spin great Bishan Bedi, who began his career under Pataudi, said there will never be another cricketer like him. Tiger was a royal in every sense, Bedi added. A man of stature, both on and off the field, superb batsman, brilliant fielder and a great captain. He was an inspiration for all who played with him. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was the most admired India cricket captain. He led the country in 40 of his 46 Tests he played and most players who played with him insist that he was easily the greatest captain ever. He was a prince among cricketers. Popularly known as Tiger, Pataudi was the first captain to make players of his generation feels they were no inferior to anyone in the world cricket. His team-mates, who were divided and identified on regional lines, were made to realise that they were representing their country and not their linguistic states. He drilled into their minds that they could beat any team if they played for each other and that bonding did wonders for Indian cricket. Under his captaincy the first Test victory overseas was achieved in New Zealand in 1967-68. He was the first captain to seriously believe that India could take the world on with its mesmerising spinners when you dont have real fast bowlers. For the next decade or so, Indian went into Tests with three spinners and it worked wonderfully well. Bishan Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna are never tired of narrating how well they felt bowling under his captaincy. A dashing batsman, he made a virtue of hitting even express fast bowlers over the infield. He made his Test debut in 1961 soon after his car mishap and that did not prevent him from scoring a century in his first Test against Australia to emulate his father Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi playing for England. The senior Pataudi captained India on their tour of England in 1946, barely 16 years before his son got into the hot seat. He also captained Oxford and English county Sussex. He was also Indian teams cricket manager in 1974-75 and acted as an International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee. Key facts on Pataudi: - Born 5 Jan. 1941 in Bhopal, he was the son of Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi who represented both England and India in Test cricket. - A right-handed batsman, Pataudi made his Test debut against England in Delhi in 1961. - His first Test century came against England in Chennai in 1962. - He scored 2793 runs in 46 Tests, hitting six centuries and averaging 34.91. - Pataudi became the youngest Indian captain at the age of 21 when he was put in charge in 1962 in Barbados after regular captain Nari Contractor was hit in the head by West Indies pacer Charlie Griffith and had to be admitted to hospital. - Pataudi made his highest Test score of 203 not out against England in Delhi in 1964. - Pataudi became captain months after losing an eye in a car accident but went on to lead India in 40 Tests, winning nine. - He led India to their first away Test win in Dunedin in 1968 and also to their first away series victory in that New Zealand tour. - Post-retirement, Pataudi officiated as match referee in two Test and 10 one-day internationals. - He was also part of the Indian Premier League Governing Council before stepping down in 2010. - Since 2007, Test series between India and England have been contested for the Pataudi Trophy, named after his family for their contribution to Anglo-Indian cricket.