New Delhi, Aug. 26 -- In the initial years of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the phone would ring early in the morning, with Mr Arun Jaitley, president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), on the line. These were routine calls - he just wanted to check if everything was fine.

That gesture, him calling instead of me, was so typical of the generous and large-hearted person that was Mr Jaitley. Everything - protocol, position, seniority - demanded that I (as chief operating officer of the Delhi Daredevils) report to him, but he was not bound by these things. He never let anybody know he was Arun Jaitley, a man of immense stature and enormous power.

Cricket was dear to him, he could recall dates, players, their performance...