Senior journalist Rajat Sharma on Monday beat World Cup winning Indian cricketer Madan Lal by 517 votes to become the new president of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association.
Sharma got a total of 1531 votes while former Test cricketer Lal could only poll 1004 votes. The third candidate in the fray, advocate Vikas Singh, got 232 votes only.
The results of the DDCA polls were announced on Monday and Sharma’s group swept the elections winning all 12 seats.
It was a major setback for Board of Control for Cricket in India acting president C.K. Khanna, whose wife Shashi lost the vice-presidential battle against Rakesh Bansal, younger brother of former DDCA president Sneh Bansal.
Sharma beat Shashi by 278 votes while Bansal junior got 1364 votes to Shashi’s 1086 votes.
The defeat might prove to be the end of the road for Khanna in DDCA, where he enjoyed supreme power for nearly three decades.
Sharma and his panel’s candidature was backed by a political heavyweight from the ruling party with the Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra throwing in all his might. Batra incidentally is a former DDCA treasurer.