The former Indian cricket captain, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who is undergoing treatment at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for a lung infection, is in a critical condition.

A health bulletin issued on Wednesday evening by Senior Consultant and Pulmonology Chairman Neeraj Jain said: “Mr. Pataudi continues to be critically ill in the intensive care unit of the hospital. He is on very high-level of oxygen support requiring intermitted Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BIPAP) support.”

Dr. Jain said the 70-year-old Pataudi was conscious and his cardiac function was stable. “His is being monitored very closely by a team of pulmonologists and critical care specialists,” he added.

Mr. Pataudi's wife Sharmila Tagore, a former Bollywood actress, is with him. His son Saif Ali Khan also visited him several times since he was admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago with breathing problems, the hospital sources said.

Mr. Pataudi played in 46 test matches for India between 1961 and 1975.