At a time when the world is abuzz with news and opinions demonising Lalit Modi, I would like to bravely, and perhaps foolishly as well, spare a few good thoughts on his behalf.
The rise of Lalit Modi through the ranks of Indian cricket administration is meteoric by any standards. Especially when one considers that he wasn’t born with a cricketing pedigree. Until his arrival in the thick of matters of Indian cricket administration, cricket was sincerely being true to one of the words in it’s organization’s title – Board for Control of Cricket in India.
Lalit Modi – now awaiting his fate
It’s hasn’t been that long since BCCI finally came to terms with the fact that revenue must be paramount to any ego clashes between it’s members. Prior to the commercialization of Indian cricket, decisions taken by this esteemed body rarely succeeded in presenting the best product (team) in the market. When citizens had been craving for role models and the industry had been starving for opportunities to convert this idol worship into capital gains, BCCI had been fraught with regionalism, favouritism and nepotism. Thank god that changed!
Every self respecting sports analyst believes in the intangible concept of “peaking at the right time” and the importance attached to it. As a race we humans haven’t advanced ourselves far enough to predict this trajectory of success and failure but the evidence supporting the existence of this phenomenon is too varied and wide to be ignored. It’s hard to say if the Mumbai Indians peaked early but it’s clear that the convincing victories in the waxing phase of the league led to their cruise mode attitude during the waning phase. This caused a flutter in the team that could not be smoothened in time for the final. And they were about to face a team that had the most faith in their starting combination because of their passage through fire during the final few games, games that mattered.
Just watched Mrs. Neeta Ambani express her opinions in an interview to Gaurav before the start of the Mumbai Indians game against Delhi Daredevils in the hot and sunny Brabourne. She detailed the changes she herself underwent to improve on her performance as the owner of a sports entertainment business in one of the most envied metros in the world. How she started understanding the game more after her spectatorly indulgence in the first 2 years. Her transformation for this role is now complete.