Jagmohan Garg News- Remembering Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Machiavelli of Indian cricket

The main designer behind the rise of Indian cricket, Jagmohan Dalmiya died last year on September 20 at the age of 75. His achievements and experience in the world of cricket earned him the nickname of the ‘Machiavelli of Indian cricket’.

Today, on his 1st death anniversary, we have collected here some interesting facts you need to know:

  • Dalmiya studied at the Scottish Church College, Kolkata
  • He started his career as a wicket-keeper. During his student days, he played for cricket clubs and even made a double-century
  • As a business person, he started at his father’s firm ML Dalmiya and Co, which constructed the famous M P Birla Planetarium in Kolkata in 1963
  • He was appointed as a BCCI treasurer in 1983 and was later appointed as a secretary
  • He played a major role in securing the rights to host the World Cup in 1987 and again, in 1996
  • He had been elected as the President of BCCI on numerous occasions
  • In the year 1996, he received 23 votes to 13 for Australia’s Malcolm Gray, in an election for Chairman of the International Cricket Council. He did not win the election because he failed to attain the two-thirds majority which is necessary under the ICC Constitution
  • In the year 1997, he was elected as the President of the ICC. He held the position for three years
  • In 2005, he was awarded the Sports Achievement award for his administrative excellence
  • In 1996, he was declared as one of the world’s top six sports executives by BBC
  • He is also known as the Machiavelli of Indian cricket, master of realpolitik, and the master of comebacks
  • Dalmiya is often described as a “control freak”
  • It is said by many that Dalmiya knew how to win a board room battle through words
  • In 2006, he was expelled from the BCCI for alleged charges of misappropriation of funds related to the hosting of the 1996 World Cup
  • He was cleared of all charges after he challenged the decision in the Supreme Court.

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