Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away on Sunday, is widely regarded as the man who turned BCCI into the ‘supremo’ that it is today.
Dalmiya was the first Indian to head the game’s world body, he was the International Cricket Council president from 1997 to 2000. He turned ICC from a mere governing body into a cash-rich organisation with the inception of ICC Champions Trophy in 1998.
Dalmiya, along with IS Bindra, transformed the face of cricket in India and set the wheels in motion for the BCCI to become a financial powerhouse. That happened when the BCCI won the battle of the airwaves, opening the possibility of cricket being telecast by channels other than Doordarshan.
The two were instrumental in getting the 1987 World Cup to India. Soon after the bid was won, Dalmiya is known to have famously remarked how with this kind of intelligence the British ruled India for nearly 200 years.