Qaiser Mohammad Ali
Renowned Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore on Sunday confirmed she would attend the annual BCCI lecture – to be delivered by Rahul Dravid — in memory of her late husband and former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi on December 1 in New Delhi.
“Yes, I am going,” Sharmila told jantakareporter.com, when asked if she would be attending the lecture, to take place two days before the start of the fourth and final India-South Africa Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi.
The event will take place at Hotel Maurya Sheraton 7 pm and will be streamed live on www.bcci.tv. The BCCI has already distributed the invitation cards for the lecture.
Both the Indian and the South African teams and other dignitaries are to attend the lecture.
Asked if any other member of her clan would also be gracing the BCCI MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture, the Padma Bhushan award-winning actress replied through a text message, “Family [i]n Bombay & can’t come due to work obligations.”
Sharmila had attended the last year’s lecture, which was delivered by former India batsman VVS Laxman.
It is ironical that the BCCI thought of former India captain Dravid, one of the all-time great batsmen and most articulate persons, to deliver the Pataudi lecture, after the brilliant speaker had delivered some of the most important lectures in India and abroad.
In 2011, while he was still playing Test cricket, Dravid was invited to Australia to deliver the prestigious Bradman Oration, thus becoming the first Indian to achieve that honour.
Last year, Dravid delivered the Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture on ‘Cricket’s Oral Tradition’ at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai on September 12.
Besides these, Dravid, now 42 and chief coach of India ‘A’ and junior teams, has delivered several other lectures.
Dravid scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests and 10,889 runs in 344 One-day Internationals.