Pataudi was the last among the old-fashioned fans: Jeffrey Archer

LEEDS: From the fierce determination of the young Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi after his terrible car accident until Anil kumble dignity and virat Kohli the sensible approach, Jeffrey Archer The pristine love for Indian cricket remains intact.

The best-selling English author is following the World Cup closely.

For him, the current Indian captain Kohli is sensible and intelligent and Kumble's worthy stance during the Monkeygate scandal is a lesson for everyone.

Archer, the creator of the famous series 'Kane and Abel', also wrote a story 'Century', whose main protagonist he believed, was based on Tiger Pataudi.

I had the privilege of meeting Nawab de Pataudi, when we were both studying in Oxford and we were still friends during that time. I recently did a big charity auction for his wife (Sharmila Tagore) and his daughter and I admire them both, Archer told PTI during an exclusive interview.

During his days at Oxford, Archer often ran into Pataudi at the Vincentian Sports Club at the university.

I was an athlete, I was captain of Oxford and I ran for Great Britain. We met in Vincent. I was very aware of my love for cricket. I have been a passionate follower of cricket all my life, said the former British parliamentarian.

The sand of Tiger Pataudi after his car accident fascinates Archer to this day and he remembers with great affection the man he calls the last among the old-fashioned fans.

When Tiger had that accident, I assumed he would never play cricket again. I underestimated his incredible character and determination.

He was the last among the old-fashioned fans, who would not give up and leave. He just kept going. The fact of being able to play the game worldwide was amazing and made him a great hero. in Oxford, someone we all admire, he remembered.

Over the years, he has interacted with the best cricketers in India, from Tendulkar to Kohli.

I have more recently met virat Kohli and found him a very level headed intelligent captain, who I think is going to break all the records in the book, he felt.

But while the Tiger is still a sentimental favorite, Archer admires Kumble for the way he behaved after Harbhajan Singh He faced sanctions for his alleged racist abuse of Andrew Symonds.

Well, Kumble is one of the best captains we've seen. I thought that his behavior in Australia when (Ricky) Ponting was the Australian captain, was an example for all of us. He behaved with such dignity that he became an example. .

One of his favorite test matches is the epic clash between India and Australia in Calcutta in 2001.

VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid He stayed in the fold for an entire day and is still one of the best test matches ever played, Archer recalled.

Both Dravid and Laxman are serious readers and I think they are very intelligent people.

So, do all the cricketers read your books?

The cricketers? Yes, but their wives even more. I mean the wife of Tendulkar, the wife of Kumble has been passionate supporters (of my work).

He was recently in India for the Jaipur Literature Festival and was extremely moved to find that some 7,500 people came to hear him speak.

He began a new series about William Warwick, the hero of the same name by Harry Clifton, the writer of his previous series Clifton Chronicles.

I'm doing a series of seven books about William Warwick, his trip from a police officer to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, that if he managed to live long enough, he signed the 79-year-old lawyer.