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Pataudi still in ICU, condition remains critical

Press Trust of India
Sep 22, 2011 at 01:51pm IST

New Delhi: The condition of former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who is suffering from lung infection, continues to be critical on Thursday.

"Mansur Ali Khan continues to remain critically ill in the ICU. He is on very high level of oxygen support requiring intermittent Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BIPAP). He is conscious and his cardiac function remains stable. He is being monitored very closely," a bulletin issued by the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi said.

Pataudi, 70, was admitted to the hospital in August following severe lung infection.

Pataudi still in ICU, condition remains critical

The former cricket captain is on very high level of oxygen support.

After investigations, he was found to be suffering from interstitial lung disease, a condition in which the passage of oxygen to the two lungs is less than normal.

"He is suffering from a disease which does not have proper or permanent cure. It takes time for the patient to recover," a doctor with the hospital said.

He is being closely monitored by a team of pulmonologists and critical care specialists.

Pataudi, regarded as one of the finest Indian captains, played 46 Tests for the country, scoring 2793 runs for an average of 34.91 with an unbeaten 203 being his highest score.

In all, he smashed six centuries and 16 fifties in his career.

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