Former Union Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley, who passed away on Saturday afternoon, had an avid interest in the game of Cricket. He was not only a passionate cricket lover but went on to become one of the longest-serving presidents of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
However, his stint as the chief of the Delhi Cricket body for more than a decade, 13 years to be precise, was not without its share of controversies. The legacy that he has left behind has witnessed some uncomfortable moments, ranging from mild to critical, but of course, he did receive compliments aplenty as well.
During his stint as the President of DDCA from 1999 to 2013, the DDCA saw the introduction of better facilities. Jaitley headed the project which gifted Delhi a world-class cricket stadium. His stature as a respected political leader played a crucial role in bringing in resources like installation of floodlights at the Feroz Shah Kotla and a complete renovation of the stadium.
Although few of his other dream projects, more ambitious ones in nature like making an indoor sports complex with residential facilities could not really materialise, Jaitley will always be remembered for taking a keen interest in the game. He would remember the names of players who would do well in the Under 19- circuit for instance and monitor their performances. He would also do his bit to help the cricketing fraternity even after his stint as the DDCA President was over.
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