March 29, 2021.
The ML Jaisimha Sports Foundation, a Sports Trust formed by the family and friends of ML Jaisimha, kickstarted its agenda by way of the Inaugural ML Jaisimha Memorial Lecture by Sunil Gavaskar, avowedly Jaisimha's greatest fan.
|Vivek Jaisimha, Keerti, Sunil Gavaskar, Jayanthi Jaisimha and Vidyuth Jaisimha|
A key initiative of the ML Jaisimha Foundation is to provide free coaching to 30 deserving young underprivileged cricketers, 15 boys and 15 girls in the 15 to 19 age group. This was ML Jaisimha’s dream. The cricketers will initially be from the State of Telangana and training will commence once permission is granted by the government during this pandemic.
|Me speaking about the Foundation - Jayesh Ranjan, SMG, Junie aunty and Ritika on the dais|
Further activities that the Trust proposes to take up are
- An annual ML Jaisimha Memorial Lecture by an eminent personality
- Coaching by experts assisted by Trainers and Physiotherapists
- Online Webinars, Lectures
- Debates and Panel Discussions
- Workshops on Leadership, Peak Performance, Umpiring, Sports Management, Commentating
- An E-Zine on Subscription Model
- Cricket and Sports Library
- Digital dissemination of cricketing knowledge
- Match opportunities in India and abroad
- Scholarships for talented sportspersons
- Fund-raising activities
Me and Junie aunty
|Me, aunty and Vidyuth|
Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, a trustee on the Foundation (other Trustees are Jayanthi Jaisimha, Vivek Jaisimha, Vidyuth Jaisimha, Ritika Jaisimha, Jayesh Ranjan, Tarun Singh Chauhan, MV Ranganath and myself) called the meeting to order, invited Sunil Gavaskar to garland MLJ's portrait and take the dais along with Mrs Jayanthi Jaisimha and Ritika Jaisimha. I introduced the Foundation's plans and invited Sunil Gavaskar to deliver his lecture.
|Loved this pic - me and old buddy Vidyuth confabulating|
He recalled how he saw a black and white picture of MLJ as a ten-year-old and was struck by it and ever since MLJ has been his idol. In 10 years time, he was playing for India alongside his idol, heading to the West Indies for the historic 1971 tour. He recalled the initial interactions with MLJ, how he tried to copy Jai's habit of using cold cream on his hands, his infected fingernail which was treated by Govind Raj and PK (stick it in a lemon), his discussions on cricket and life with MLJ, how he wished that he had got 300 runs less on his maiden tour so that Durrani and MLJ could have made the England tour. The way the small yet key contributions that these two seniors made was overlooked when analysing the success of the tour and we are left wondering again at the importance of assessing contributions by their impact and not sheer numbers.
|Nice shot by Kumar sir - MLJ in front|
And then the toughest person we have seen perhaps, showed why he was the toughest, broke down at the memory of his idol passing away, and how he could not deal with the fact that he would be no more, and how he did not want to see him any different from how he always remembered him. And as he choked, we in the audience felt that emotion as if it were own own and remembered that we were all mortal.
|Joel and D Suresh who came all the way from Haryana to attend the function|
|Me and my first captain - Shivlal Yadav|
|Joel clicking a selfie with SMG|
|Venkatapathi Raju and Vijay Mohan Raj|
|With the Hyderabad Senior Women's Cricket Team|
|Me gifting a copy of 50 Not Out to SMG |
- Didn't realise that the photographer had clicked a pic