For 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 KHSadvertisement
Virat Kohli last week became the first captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka. India’s innings and 53-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo helped India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.India’s majestic win in Colombo also made them the most successful team to tour Sri Lanka since 2014. It was India’s fourth victory in five matches. Pakistan remain the second best team with two victories in five Tests.In these three years, Sri Lanka have hosted 18 Tests and interestingly, all of them have yielded results. Sri Lanka have won 11 while Bangladesh have been the only other team to have won a Test.The island nation has meanwhile whitewashed Pakistan (2-0), West Indies (2-0), Australia (3-0) and Zimbabwe (1-0)during these three years.Kohli now aims to become the first Indian captain to sweep a Test series in Sri Lanka. Mohammad Azharuddin had achieved the feat but at home in 1994.Kohli extended his dream run as captain to eighth consecutive Test series victory when India won the Colombo Test on Sunday.Kohli and Co. have been the most dominant Test side in the world and have not lost a series home or away since their 2-0 defeat in their 2014-15 tour of Australia.Since that series loss, India have outplayed all their rivals winning eight consecutive Test series without much fuss. In these two and a half years, India under captain Kohli have lost only two matches while have won 18 games.Kohli surpassed Steve Waugh’s record of seven consecutive series wins when India destroyed hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Ricky Ponting holds the record with nine series victories in a row.advertisementKohli’s record as captain in this time has been phenomenal to say the least. In 28 Tests, Kohli has registered 18 wins, three losses and six draws. Overall Kohli has 18 wins and is just four away from overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s tally of Test 21 wins and become India’s second most successful captain after Dhoni (27 wins).India had scripted a rampaging 304-run victory in the first Test with opener Shikhar Dhawan smashing a career-best 190 with regular openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, left out injured.Dhawan smashed a 168-ball 190 in the first innings to steer India to a mammoth total of 600 and help it take a firm grip on the match, which eventually they never let go.Abhinav Mukund also scored a crafty 81 in the second essay which had Kohli’s unbeaten 103.At No.3 the ever-dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a patient 153 off 265 balls at Galle, notched up his 13th century in his landmark 50th Test.Spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a five-wicket haul each in the second match. Jadeja will miss the third and final Test after he was suspended by the ICC for dangerously throwing the ball at Sri Lanka’s nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara.