Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday paid tributes to BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya terming him as someone, who put the game of cricket above everything else.
The legendary opener, who shared a cordial relation with Dalmiya said that he will miss his smiling persona. “I will miss his ready laugh. May his soul rest in peace,” Gavaskar said in his tribute.
Terming him ‘A giant of international cricket’, Gavaskar said, “Jagmohan Dalmiya was one of those administrators for whom the game of cricket was above everything else. It was under his stewardship that the BCCI and ICC became the financial powerhouses they are today.”
“He along with Mr. IS Bindra recognised the potential of Indian cricket and of the way the electronic media could play a role in furthering and developing the sport. It was under Mr. Dalmiya’s leadership that the ICC who then had only a few thousand dollars in their kitty went on to have the millions today which are disbursed to the rest of the cricketing world. His statesmanship also helped ease many a prickly situation in international cricket and Indian cricket in particular,” Gavaskar added.