Vastavam web: India’s first World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev today compared current captain Virat Kohli with the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, terming them heroes on and off the field.”We look up to you (Kohli), you are our hero, much like Dalmiya (was off the field). You can change things and you have done this in terms of fitness which we all are proud of today.Dev delivered lecture in the inaugural Jagmohan Dalmiya Annual Conclave along with Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala, and the programme was also attended by both India and Sri Lanka team members and former captain Mohammed Azharuddin.
“We have two type of heroes one is off the field and another on the field. If cricketers are enjoying today it’s possible because of Dalmiya, without him we would have struggled.” A businessman known for his marketing acumen, Dalmiya was a key figure in bringing the 1987 and 1996 cricket World Cups to the sub-continent and took over as BCCI president for a second time after a gap of nearly a decade.”It’s important to have money on your side and Dalmiya understood that. Not everyone is Sachin Tendulkar, you only get to play 15-20 years at max and you are at your prime for eight-10 years. He ensured that you make your life in that career, that credit goes to my hero.
“He wasn’t the best of speakers but he was instrumental in bringing everybody together, a true leader who got things done. He was the hero of every cricketer in our country. What we are today is because of this man,” he concluded.Sumathipala remembered Dalmiya’s support during the hard times when their ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was accused of chucking in 1995.