Omnipresent through absence
The Indian Premier League is often called his brain child. So even though Lalit Modi has had and will have no part to play in IPL 2011, colours of his varying personality cannot be taken away from league memories so early.
The Indian Premier League is often called his brain child. So even though Lalit Modi has had and will have no part to play in IPL 2011, colours of his varying personality cannot be taken away from league memories so early. (Images: Agencies)
What defined Modi for a considerable period of time was his media personality. Branding and selling the league was done with a lot of zeal, at least on paper. It's after all, no easy feat to make an event a global phenomena.
Whether parties, ceremonies or the game itself, IPL was and continues to be a glittering event that has to do with sport as much as it has to do with the fun, excitement and adrenaline.
The real game though was on the cricketing pitch and one could hardly ever miss the ever-confident personality of Lalit Modi taking rounds and ensuring the event was going as per plans, say many.
Some say he got himself too involved in the workings of the league. Most others believe it is what is expected of a chairman. In either of the two cases, Modi brought in staggering money into the league even as he tosses a single coin in this picture.
Now different facets of Modi's personality are not completely known but this gesture to console a dejected Sachin Tendulkar after Mumbai Indians lost the final match of IPL 2008, seems in good spirit.
The chemistry perhaps was not reserved exclusively for cricketers. Modi's social circle is (was?) vast and it is clear from this photo of him and his erstwhile friend in former Union minister Shashi Tharoor. The big fall-out seemed not possible, then.
And celebrities? Well there was never really any small dose of bollywood ever. For all his alleged corruption and mis-handling of funds, one thing remains certain. Half-measure to what Modi did were few and far in between, at least in the game of cricket.