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    New Delhi (Sputnik): For the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu's chief, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, it was a brief respite from politicking when he played cricket with former team India captain Rahul Dravid during the inauguration of Salem Cricket Foundation (SCF) ground in Salem.

    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.

    TNCA Chief Srinivasan, who was present, said he would bring an Indian Premier League (IPL) – a Twenty20 cricket league match to this new stadium.

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