The political career of minister Shashi Tharoor bears a striking resemblance to the cricketing career of S. Sreesanth. No one can deny the obvious talents of the duo, but the two also have that rare knack for trouble. And there’s the common link to cricket, Kerala, and cricket in Kerala.
While the cricketing establishment seems to have given up on the breakdancing cricketer, the political one appears to be willing to give the cricket-playing minister another chance. This, despite his failure to disclose the interest of friend Sunanda Pushkar in the Kochi IPL team, an omission he hasn’t explained even in his statement to Parliament.
While the Prime Minister is yet to decide on how to deal with the errant minister, it looks like he will get away with a rap on the knuckles. Meanwhile, the empire seems to have struck back at IPL chief Lalit Modi who highlighted Tharoor’s link with the Kochi team, though, to be sure, he has a lot to answer for. Cricket may be at stake but the situation is strongly reminiscent of baseball’s double-play.