Jagmohan Dalmiya, president of BCCI who shaped the Indian cricket team died at the age of 75 at Kolkata city hospital on Sunday evening. Mr. Dalmiya, who was one of the most influential cricket administrator for the Indian cricket team, will be remembered for bringing in money in the game and concreting grounds for the same. Jagmohan Dalmiya was undergoing internal gastrointestinal bleeding and organ failure could not survive and breathed his last during a sudden cardiac arrest.
The veteran cricket administrator’s death plunged the cricket association into the pool of extreme grief because of his seamless contribution. He had lived his life bringing out strategic plans to raise the money for the game and making it touch the skies. From former cricketers and administrators all are condoling this greatest loss.
Was touched by his efforts to make my penultimate Test at Eden Gardens very special. RIP Jagmohan Dalmiya. (3/3)
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 20, 2015
“On behalf of all the members of BCCI ( The Board of Control for Cricket in India), I wish to submit our condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Dalmiya. As a visionary and a father figure of Indian cricket, Mr. Dalmiya worked towards the development of the game of cricket in India. The cricketing fraternity will miss him dearly,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.
Mr. Dalmiya was a uniform source of aspiration who fought with great zeal in the battle room of cricket board drafting the power game of cricket.
Dalmiya triggered his career as a wicket-keeper playing for cricket clubs in Kolkata. He then joined his father’s venture ML Dalmiya and Co. and later shaped it to India’s top construction firms. From his period of joining as the treasurer of the BCCI to being the man who dominated the world of cricket administration, he was an epitome of great success.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) also joined in paying tributes, saying “…cricket has has lost a very experienced and seasoned administrator” in him.
In 1997, Dalmiya became the president of ICC. When Dalmiya took charge as the ICC president, according to some reports, the sporting body had a measly $37,000 in its coffers. By the time he left in 2000, it had $11 million. Dalmiya always played good with money as he had a sharp mind with it.
After rolling his skills in ICC, Dalmiya took the command of BCCI and became the president in 2004 of BCCI. Until 2004, he remained the president and made BCCI the most powerful cricket board in the world.
Lets not forget that the period of this veteran did not just go on a steep rise northward, he has seen falls as well in his career. In 2005, Dalmiya was wrestled out of India’s cricketing board for close to a decade. Dalmiya was accused of financial misappropriation by the new regime, which also forced him to resign as the chief of the Cricket Association of Bengal in Dec. 2006.
After multiple court visits and cases, he finally appointed as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal in 2008 for a five-year-term.
In March 2015, Dalmiya made a comeback as the president of BCCI. He held the command second time as the president replacing the then president N. Shrinivasan who was undergoing several allegations of corruption.
However, he passed away leaving the world mourning on his demise.