Sachin, do you want to be the Maharashtra’s CM in ten years time?

Bhupendra Chaubey, the National Bureau Chief, CNN IBN writes an open letter to Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar in the 

….When Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Saqlain Mushtaq bowled their googlies, your perfect footwork would send the ball to all corners of the ground. When Glenn McGrath bowled toe crushing yorkers, your backfoot punch made the ball literally kiss the already bent bowlers hands before crashing into boundary ropes. You are the master of the game of cricket. There can never be an iota of doubt on that. However, when you give up your bat and enter the great temple of Indian democracy, may I humbly remind you that you may find yourself in the midst of a game about which you may know very little.

…..But in the great game called politics, you actually often don’t get to see the ball. You may not even know who the bowler is and who is your partner. For all you know, the person sitting next to you, and claiming to be your partner at the other end, may actually be an opposition bowler. He may end up clean bowling you without you even realising that you have been bowled.

…..If you were in Parliament on the fateful date of 27th December 2011, what would be your position on the specific question of Rajya Sabha chairman acting as a Congress stooge? What would you have said to a Rajneeti Prasad of the RJD who famously tore apart the Lokpal bill? Even your most recent hundred against Bangladesh (thank the Almighty you finally got that) failed to galvanise India to a victory. The headlines next day though saluted you for your effort. That equation may end up being totally reversed for Sachin the parliamentarian from Sachin the batsman.

I am sure you heard the marvellous speech made by your long term colleague Rahul Dravid just before the start of the disastrous tour down under. At the Bradman lecture, it was vintage Dravid. He spoke just like he bats. With grace and that rare silken touch. He spoke about the challenges for cricket administrators across the world. Ian Chappell went to the extent of saying that Dravid will be the International Cricket Council President in ten years. Do you want to be the chief minister of Maharashtra in ten years time?

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