Balasaheb Thackeray: Bal Keshav Thackeray founded the Shiv Sena. His larger-than-life personality dominates Maharashtra's political landscape even after his demise and is the mascot of Marathi pride and Hindutva in the state. The tiger symbolises grace, prowess and aggression and hence Balasaheb decided to have a roaring tiger the party's symbol
Ek Tha aur Hai Tiger: The Tiger of Bollywood, Salman Khan is always hunting, quite successfully the 100-crore clubs. The 'tiger' was in the news for his court cases, be it the 2002 hit-and-run case or the blackbuck one. Besides, that Salman Khan earned the name 'Tiger for his 2012 film Ek Tha Tiger, which went on to become a huge hit. It's sequel in 2017, Tiger Zinda Hai is currently the eighth highest grossing Bollywood film of all time
Bengal Tiger: Whereas earlier freedom fighter Bipin Chandrapal was known as 'Bengal Tiger', the moniker now belongs to Sourav Ganguly. He is also known as 'Dada', 'Dadi', 'Prince of Kolkata' and 'God on the off-side'. Currently, he is the 8th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs). In 2002, the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack ranked him the sixth greatest ODI batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan. One of the most successful captains of the Indian national cricket team, he is currently the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal
Tiger Shroff: The Bollywood actor and martial arts exponent, born to veteran actor Jackie Shroff, made his film debut in 2014 with 'Heropanti', which earned him an award for Best Male Debut nomination. He then starred in the 2016 action-drama Baaghi and its sequel Baaghi 2. Tiger Shroff was born as Jai Hemant Shroff on March 2, 1990. In an interview to a Mumbai tabloid, he explained how he got the name 'Tiger'. He said, "I got the name Tiger because I used to bite and scratch people as a child."
Tiger of Mysore: Tipu Sultan, popularly known as Sher-e-Mysore (The Tiger of Mysore) was one of the most powerful rulers India ever had. Sultan Fateh Ali Khan Sahab, also known as Tipu Sultan, is remembered for saving the Deccan from the British for a long time. He ruled the Kingdom of Mysore from 1782 to 1799. He is credited with being the 'Pioneer of Rocket Technology' in India. Tipu used tiger imagery extensively to convey a sense of his power. Tiger images emblazoned his golden throne, his textiles, coins, swords and his soldiers' uniforms.
Pic: Sanjay Khan as Tipu Sultan in the serial
Tiger Pataudi: Mansoor Ali Khan or Mansur Ali Khan sometimes M. A. K. Pataudi, nicknamed Tiger Pataudi, was an Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian team. Discussing why he got the 'Tiger' moniker, Pataudi in his autobiography says that he got the nickname as a kid, well before he started playing cricket. He wrote, "I don't know why, except as an infant, it seems, I had a tigerish propensity for crawling energetically about the floor on all fours." Some former cricketers believe he was called 'Tiger' because of his fielding ability
Tiger Woods: This Tiger has battled injuries and personal issues in a bid to return to the top, or at least a respectable plateau. Born as Eldrick Tont Woods on December 30, 1975, the American is among the most successful golfers of all time and has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years. He hasn't won a Major in some time. He last won a major trophy when he lifted the 2008 US Open
Detroit Tigers: The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan, in the US. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the Central division in the American League (AL). One of the AL's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit in 1901. They are the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in the AL. The Tigers have won four World Series championships (1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984), 11 AL pennants (1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, and 2012), and seven AL Central division championships. The Tigers also won division titles in 1972, 1984 and 1987 while members of the AL East.
On the occasion of International Tiger Day, we bring some 'tigers' who have brought fame and respect or infamy to this name. The majestic tiger with its distinctive orange and black stripes strikes awe and fear in the hearts of any who see it. But their numbers are steadily declining. Hopefully, we will come to our senses and take steps to protect the big cat. But let's take a lighter look at this day that celebrates tigers with a compilation of 'tigers' who roam in the cities and have brought fame and respect or infamy to this name. Here come the Tigers...
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