On Sunday, Jagmohan Dalmiya, arguably Indian cricket’s most famous and accomplished administrator, passed away due to a cardiac arrest.
While he had a life of ups and downs, Jagmohan Dalmiya has the legacy of single-handedly fortifying India’s position as a powerhouse in world cricket. A businessman himself, Dalmiya understood the value of money, and ensured that in a gap of ten years, India went from just another country that played international cricket, to the strongest player in the game.
Some of his accomplishments are part of cricketing legend. For example, when some countries refused to tour war-ravaged Sri Lanka in 1996, he arranged a combined Indo-Pak team in a matter of days to play friendly matches.
Dalmiya realised the value of eyeballs very early, and converted that to money for the board, players, and the sport in general. In fact, his adamant stance of retaining the rights of the game was partly the reason that cricket is perhaps the only sport where the government has least interference.
Here is all you need to know about Jagmohan Dalmiya.
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