The sudden tragic death of 75 year-old BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya brings to a end an era in Indian cricket. He had a distinguished role in cricket administration. The highlight of his illustrious career would be when he headed the ICC from 1997-2000. Dalmiya became the first Indian to become ICC president before taking up the BCCI reins from 2001-04.
He is widely credited for bringing money into Indian cricket and transforming the perception that the Indian board lacked the spine. Dalmiya, besides helping make the BCCI the most powerful board in the game, was also known very well for his marketing acumen. He was also very popular among the players – truly a players president .
In fact Dalmiya’s tryst with Indian cricket began in 1979. Four years later he was promoted to BCCI treasury. He and loyalist Inderjit Singh Bindra, another former BCCI president, are credited with the hosting of the World Cup in 1987 and 1996 in the subcontinent.
After 2007, he remained sideline as power game within the board saw a tussle between Sharad Pawar and N Srinivasan. But he returned to power six years later under dramatic circumstances when BCCI president N Srinivasan stepped aside until completion of the probe in the IPL spot-fixing case, involving his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. Dalmiya was appointed as the interim BCCI president. He held that office from June to October when Srinivasan returned to the post, but only to be ousted again in March 2015 amid the spot-fixing and conflict of interest case.
That allowed Dalmiya to return as full-time BCCI president after 10 years. Sadly his health did not allow his second stint to prosper and his fading health saw him succumb soon . The 75-year-old Dalmiya was admitted to the city’s BM Birla Hospital after which he also underwent a coronary angiography. Dalmiya had not been keeping well for a while now and was not actively taking part in the day-to-day functioning of the BCCI. Dalmiya leaves behind a rich legacy and will be forever be remembered as man who changed the face of Indian cricket .