DDCA renames Feroz Shah Kotla as Arun Jaitley Stadium
NEW DELHI: The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) changed its name on Thursday from Feroz Shah Kotla as Arun Jaitley stadium in memory of the late politician-cum-sports-administrator.
In a brilliant role, Minister of the Interior Amit Shah digitally inaugurated the renamed Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in presence of late former finance minister's family.
DDCA also presented a new pavilion stand at the Fierce Shah Kotla after the patron virat Kohli , who recently became the most successful Indian captain in Test Cricket, beating MS Dhoni.
A short video and an animated film about Kohli's journey from being a U19 player to the captain of India was also shown.
When I decided to name a stand in honor of virat Kohli, I told this first to Arun Jaitley ji. I've told me this is a good decision because there is no better player than Virat in world cricket, said DDCA president Rajat Sharma.
Interestingly, the opening ceremony was held in the Weightlifting Hall of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
In addition to members of Jaitley's family, the Minister of Sports also attended the gala night Kiren Rijiju , former sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore The head of the BJP of Delhi, Manoj Tiwari, former captain Kapil Dev and former Indian starter Chetan Chauhan, among others.
For Arun ji, cricket was his passion and his life. He remained the head of DDCA for 13 years and played a great role in making Virat, Pant, Dhawan, Nehra, Sehwag great players. All these players love him very much. Said Sharma.
India's 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil said: Wonderful to have a stand in name of Virat. And whatever DDCA does for Arun Jaitley is not enough given his contribution.
The cricketer turned politician Chetan Chauhan also paid a rich tribute to Jaitley.
Arun Jaitley ji was president for 14 years and I was vice president. He was our friend, guide. Whenever we needed direction, we would help us. The biggest help he did was to rebuilt the Kotla stadium. So befitting to name it in his honor, Chauhan said.