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first_imgFor Dalmiya, cricket was more of a vocation as he was a wicketkeeper for his club Rajasthan. Once he knew that cricket as a career was not possible, he took keen interest in his family business set by father MN Dalmiya Constructions. In 1963, the company was instrumental in building the Birla Planetorium. While he earned plaudits as tough talking businessman, his love for the game never diminished. His administrative power and knoweldge of vote bank was always appreciated by his peers and seniors. He was especially close to BN Dutt, who was then emerging as a powerful figure in BCCI politics. However when Dalmiya sensed that the board needed political backing, he calculated his next move like a politician. His relationship with Dutt was what Dalmiya would often call as “Guru-Shisya” relationship as Dutt taught him the nuances of sports administration. In the year, 1990, however it was the disciple, who upset the masters applecart as he along with Rungta brothers Kishen and Kishore formed a faction that helped Madhavrao Scindia win an acrimonious election that ended Dutts tenure in BCCI. Since then, there was no stopping for the man from Kolkatas richest area New Alipore. He was virtually a One Man Show for the next 15 years in the cricket board. While the Australia and Englands cricket administrators were wary of him, they knew it was difficult to keep him away from the focus as India slowly and surely became the games commercial hub. His power was gauged by the fact the he forced the erstwhile South African board president Ali Bacher to withdraw Mike Denness from match referees position after he alleged that Indias Sachin Tendulkar had tampered with the ball during the Port Elizabeth Test match in 2001. However in the early part of 2000, his longtime friend Bindra did not like his ways of running the board and became an adversary. It was also the time when Lalit Modi and N Srinivasan also harboured aspirations of having greater say in the board. With Pawar also wanting to head the board, they worked tirelessly towards garnering votes. But eventually Pawar lost to Haryanas Mahendra by 16-15 margin due to Dalmiyas casting vote. (MORE) PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more