Home > Features > Humour >

Breaking News! PM aspirant Narendra Modi could make way for Irfan Pathan as Gujarat CM!

With Narendra Modi emerging as BJP's choice for the Prime Ministerial berth, Irfan Pathan looks certain to take over as Gujarat CM!

Irfan Pathan © AFP

Please note the article below is a humour article – pure fiction.

By Amrut Thobbi

Irfan Pathan, who earlier unequivocally refused of having any intentions of entering politics has changed his mind. The cricketer, according to sources, is now a strong candidate to replace Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as the next chief minister of Gujarat after the latter’s thumping win in the assembly elections!

Pathan, who attracted much attention after sharing the political stage with the Chief Minister during state election campaigns, had made it explicitly clear that he was an “apolitical” person.  “Neither do I have any connection to politics, nor am I interested in it,” he had said. But it’s now evident that Pathan’s presence at the BJP rally was no gimmick to get the minority vote.

Modi’s invincibility in Gujarat has now elevated the BJP leader as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party. That will leave the Gujarat CM’s seat vacant. Pathan took stock of his shaky cricketing career and decided on a career change when offered the chance to get into the plum position.

“To be honest, I just wanted to get a feel of the ‘big political stage’. And after sharing space with Modiji, I finally know how it feels like to be a winner. I’m ready for the biggest challenge of my life,” said Irfan.

A BJP spokesman, on conditions of anonymity, said that Irfan’s elevation as successor to Modi would do the party’s tarnished image in the state humungous good as far as the minority section go. “The BJP has been seen as a Hindu hardline party, but the visible public acceptance of a popular cricketer by the party is a master stroke that will greatly help the party in the Lok Sabha election as well,” added the spokesman.

Pathan was candid enough to admit that Sachin Tendulkar’s entry into the Rajya Sabha helped great in his decision to get into politics. ” Sachin is my role model – on and off the field.”

Pathan is confident of roping in out-of-favour cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Mohammad Kaif, Subramaniam Badrinath. However, some cricketers have refused to participate in Pathan’s political ambitions. Munaf Patel, out of action from Test cricket for more than a year, preferred to stay away from politics. He admitted honestly that he is not made for politics. “Dude, I don’t like running, even running for elections!” Parthiv Patel said he is yet to receive a voter ID as the Election Commission deemed him ineligible because they felt he still looks under 18.

It is perhaps ironical that Irfan decided to become a khadi-clad neta after being royally ignored by the national selectors for four years that prevented him to play Test cricket in white dress.

It would be now interesting to see whether the ‘Sultan of swing’ would now be able to cope with the unrelenting swings games of Indian politics. His brother Yusuf is confident that the all-rounder will come good. “Both Irfan and Modi have two things in common,” he says. “Both are from Gujarat and both know a thing or two about hat-tricks!

(Amrut Thobbi, an engineering graduate and a Masters in Communication & Journalism, is an ardent cricket fan who likes to write spoofs. His passion for writing inspired him to give up a sales and marketing job, which he does not regret. He has also worked as a freelance writer in education and technology sectors. He can be followed on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/amrut.thobbi and on Twitter athttps://twitter.com/amrutti)

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014 (16:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 12, 2014  at Sharjah

New Zealand won by 4 wkts

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3 at Centurion: West Indies start sedately

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India reach 71/1 at stumps

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi Preview: Teams prepare for high-octane finale

Anil Kumble Australia India Ishant Sharma Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin Ricky Ponting South Africa

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi

Live Streaming: Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3 at Centurion

South Africa vs West Indies 1st Test at Centurion, Day 3: West Indies openers notch up 50-run stand

Live Scorecard: Pakistan vs New Zealand 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi

India buckle down to reach 71/1 at stumps on Day 3 of 2nd Test against Australia

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India’s pathetic bowling performance, Mitchell Johnson’s onslaught and other highlights

India’s inability to dismiss Australia’s tail can have huge impact

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: New Zealand likely XI

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Pakistan likely XI

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here