A video released by Indian news agency Asian News International (ANI) shows iconic Indian batsman Rahul Dravid delivering slow balls to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami who tried his best not to give it a miss as cameramen in the background tried to capture the rare moment.
Every time the politician hit the ball, the crowd behind cheered him.
During the inaugural match, the legendary cricketer said: “I believe that the next generation of cricketers… and talent in the country will emerge from smaller towns and cities".
N Srinivasan, ex-chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Rupa Gurunath, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) president were also present at the occasion.
The video seems to have tickled the funny bones of Twitterati who took a pot-shot at Dravid’s underarm delivery to the chief minister.
Does this also show that batting and batsmen are considered superior to bowling and bowlers? Dravid is a legend...but stunts of these politicians...— srajeshk (@srajeshk2) February 10, 2020
Power of Politicians : A batting legend known as ' The Wall ' is bowling that too underarm pic.twitter.com/1ieT5rOJT8— Biswajit Panda (@Biswajit_1111) February 9, 2020
Dravid bowling - Hmm interesting— Varun Narayan (@varungn) February 9, 2020
Dravid bowling under-arm - Ok
Dravid bowling under-arm to TN CM - OoKay
Dravid bowling under-arm to TN CM and folks cheering when CM touches the ball - NOT OK.
Why does our jammy go these events!? Sic
Under arm 🤦🏻♂️— Rahul Chandra (@caprahulchandra) February 9, 2020
TNCA Chief Srinivasan, who was present, said he would bring an Indian Premier League (IPL) – a Twenty20 cricket league match to this new stadium.