Bangalore : Fed up with the BJP leadership ignoring his requests and threats that he be made chief minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa has acquired a new fancy this summer. The BJP strongman has decided to join the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL team and has, in fact, even started practising at a cricket academy.
When Tenali Rama asked him, why he had put up only two stumps, Yeddyurappa explained that the two stumps represent his trademark victory sign with two fingers. “They also represent my two desires in life. One, is to once again become the chief minister of Karnataka. Two, to remain the Chief minister of Karnataka for ever,” Yeddy explained.
While the IPL board has decided to admit Yeddy into the RCB team as a special case, team owner Vijay Mallya has made it clear he won’t `buy’ Yeddyurappa. “If I have to buy him, dude, I would have to take back the salaries from all the Kingfisher staff that we paid only this week,” Mallya told Tenali Rama. Yeddyurappa is reportedly fine with that, as he believes he is priceless.
Mallya however, will have to deal with another problem. Yeddy’s condition is that he should be the captain of the RCB team, replacing Daniel Vettori. At the time of filing this report, the issue hadn’t been resolved yet.
RCB however, sees some merit in playing Yeddyurappa. According to his coach, Yeddy is an impatient batsman in the Virender Sehwag mould and can be a matchwinner on his day. However, he has a notorious reputation of standing his ground, even when he is given out. And as he is known to be a short-tempered person, RCB players aren’t sure if he won’t do to them or to rival players what he did to Venkaiah Naidu’s laptop. Or to make a cricketing comparison, what Harbhajan did to Sreesanth.
But there won’t be support lacking for Yeddyurappa when he is at the crease. All the BJP MLAs who support him have promised to turn up to watch him play. Yeddy plans to construct a temple at the entrance to the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore and an elephant from Kerala will be brought to bless him, after he pads up.