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The 2007 T20 World Cup-winning Indian team’s manager, Sunil Dev, dies at age 75

<p>Sunil Dev, a former secretary of the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), died away on Wednesday after a protracted illness.</p>
<p>He was 75 years old, and his wife and kids had passed away.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-109280″ src=”×422.png” alt=”” width=”1480″ height=”833″ srcset=”×422.png 750w,×576.png 1024w,×432.png 768w,×220.png 390w,×84.png 150w, 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 1480px) 100vw, 1480px” /></p>
<p>Dev, who from the late 1970s until 2015 was associated with the DDCA, also participated in a number of BCCI subcommittees while serving as a sports administrator.</p>
<p>Dev’s greatest achievement, nevertheless, came when he was appointed administrative manager of the Indian squad that won the first T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.</p>
<p>In addition, he worked as an administrative manager for India’s tours to South Africa in 1996 and England in 2014.</p>
<p>Dev, a natural storyteller, embodied the good, the terrible, and the ugly of the DDCA.</p>
<p>With his opposing positions on different DDCA policy problems, he was able to divide people’s ideas, which made him both allies and enemies in equal measure.</p>
<p>No Ranji Trophy or age-group squad could be announced for a period of time between 1990 and the first decade of the new century without his agreement.</p>
<p>In reality, prominent writer James Astill, the Asia Editor of “The Economist,” had highlighted his encounter with Dev and how his justification and theatrics around ticket sales for a certain game at the Kotla delighted him in his highly praised book “The Great Tamasha.”</p>
<p>There were numerous tales concerning Dev’s working method, but some of them eventually turned into urban legends.</p>
<p>In the presence of reporters, he would tell anecdotes like how Virat Kohli, then 17 years old, learned to operate his SUV while he was in a good mood.</p>

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