Will cricket enable Narendrabhai to bury his past?

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R. Jagannathan in DNA:

“The only thing surprising about Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi‘s dramatic entry into cricket is that it came so late—in the eighth year of his reign. For a chief minister to covet the presidency of a state cricket association may sound like a comedown, but it’s not.

“Despite being a towering politician in his state, Modi has had only limited acceptability outside. Cricket, the only universally loved sport in India, is the obvious platform for a politician who wants wider recognition and a decent burial for his past.”

Read the full article: Cricket’s TINA factor

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