Virat Kohli (left) and Jagmohan Dalmiya © IANS & Getty Images (File Photo)
Virat Kohli (left) and Jagmohan Dalmiya © IANS & Getty Images (File Photo)

As reported by PTI, Kapil Dev compared Virat Kohli with Jagmohan Dalmiya during the Jagmohan Dalmiya Annual Conclave in Kolkata. Kapil hailed Kohli as a real-life hero, just like Dalmiya, who had played a pivotal role off field, starting a journey that culminated in BCCI emerging as the richest cricket board in the world. Virat Kohli helps TV crew get treatment after being hit by ball

On Kohli and Dalmiya being real-life heroes

“We look up to you [Kohli]. You are our hero, much like Dalmiya. You can change things and you have done this in terms of fitness which we all are proud of today. Every captain comes out with something new and you have taken the fitness level to a new level. We, as cricketers, can say ‘keep up the good work’. You have the ability to believe in yourself, you can achieve the ultimate,” said Kapil while addressing during Jagmohan Dalmiya Annual Conclave in Kolkata, as reported by PTI.

On Dalmiya’s off-field success

“We have two types 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. Earlier we would ask ‘can we get wages like Australia, England?’ Now all this has changed and they are now saying can we get wages like India. That has changed because of him.” Mohammad Azharuddin, Kapil Dev to attend Jagmohan Dalmiya memorial lecture in Kolkata

On the Dalmiya-BCCI success story

“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 8-10 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.”

On Dalmiya’s support to Muttiah Muralitharan

“He was born with leadership qualities and negotiation skills by understanding and hearing all parties and settle [sic] the dispute at the best interest of everyone. After we won the World Cup I was representing Sri Lanka at the ICC annual meeting in London where we had another issue to settle — the suspect action of Muralitharan. He helped us in addressing umpires and referees,” said Thilanga Sumathipala.