As the (One Day) Cricket World Cup looms, it is perhaps a good time to prepare an India Premier Team - a league of its own, with Premier Modi as the non-playing Captain cum Coach.
Opener 1, facing the first ball: Smriti Irani – always up front, and ready to take on anything thrown at her
Opener 2: Manohar Parrikar – has the best defence
One Down: Rajnath Singh – at home in this position; ready to move in – to either salvage a situation or to grab an opportunity
No. 4: Arun Jaitley – the best bat & bet, and the most sporting mind
Three Down: Sushma Swaraj – has the most consistent record in ‘away’ matches
Four Down, and the Keeper: Amit Shah – the Acting Captain; keeps everybody in check
No. 7, a part-time Bowler and the Nightwatchman: Harsh Vardhan – part-time State player; can be sent in to play a few overs in difficult situations
No. 8 and an Off-Break Bowler: Venkaiah Naidu – as batsman, can doggedly wear down any opposition by always offering a ‘dead bat’; as bowler, delivers from wide off the stumps
No. 9 and a (genuine) Pace Bowler: Piyush Goyal – a powerful adversary; believes in speeding things up
No. 10 and a (fiery) Pace Bowler: Ravi Shankar Prasad – always ready to take on the opposition; he talks his walk
No. 11 and a Googly Bowler: Prakash Javadekar – he has mastered the art of bowling the wrong ‘un right
12th. Man: Uma Bharati – the man for all seasons
Reserves: Gadkari (foil to Rajnath) and Prabhu (on his own parallel track)!
PM Modi has the potential be the most successful (Five Year) Test Match Captain of India. Incredibly, in this mode he can perhaps even win single handedly. However, for the One Year Match he needs to let his team of batsmen, bowlers, fielders and keeper play their game more freely, as per their skills and expertise. For the Quarter Year/90 Day Matches, where ‘daily hits’ are now necessary, he needs to get his (BJP) CMs into this delivery mode. In Delhi they are up against a very good Quarter Year (rather, 49 Day) player.