24 September, 2020

Jaggu's Dadagiri

The fact that the Proteas have stood by India reinforces Dalmiya's reputation as a man who could sell refrigerators to Eskimos in winter.

Swapan Nayak
Jaggu's Dadagiri
Cricket’s a small world, really. On one side are those who distrust Jagmohan Dalmiya completely. And then there are those who distrust him just a little less. The victims comprise the first camp; the accomplices fall in the second. Total loyalty—or appreciation—is something the "badshah of brinkmanship" never gets and perhaps never even expects. Which is why the Denness row has become a Dalmiya show in the eyes of the ICC and the British press so quickly.

The adjectives are piling up. "The maverick set on changing the face of the game" (BBC) has been reduced to a "maverick" (Daily Mail). The "autocratic yet respectful leader of Indian cricket" (The Guardian) has enhanced his reputation as "something of loose cannon" (The Times). "Give a man a big job and he will show you how small he can be. It hasn’t taken Dalmiya very long to reveal his complete unsuitability for any post within the cricket world," concludes The Daily Telegraph.

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