Hyderabad : The man who you see in the photograph might just become the new owner of the Hyderabad IPL team. Sources, who insist they are reliable, say the Deccan Chargers management, impressed with his batting skills, approached him to replace Darren Lehmann as coach. That was when he surprised Gayatri Reddy by telling her he was more interested in buying the team.
The Finolex mascot reportedly told Gayatri that “even if all fast bowler rascals come together” he can hit all of them for a six. Dale Steyn was then made to bowl to him and found himself receiving the kind of treatment that A B de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore meted out to him the other night.
The DC team, which is at the bottom of the IPL pile this season, is divided over whether to draft the Rajinikanth-lookalike into the team, where he wants to be owner, mentor, coach and player. Lehmann is not impressed and complains the batsman “sledges too much”.
“Even we Aussies do not get under the bowler’s skin like that, mate. I think the Mumbai Indians should buy him as he will feel at home in the company of Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel,” he told Tenali Rama. But captain Kumar Sangakkara says he is more than willing to give up his job to the Finolex star and take the first flight back to Colombo.
When Tenali Rama asked the Finolex star where he learnt his cricketing skills, he said, “This is a leader’s style to bring a miracle.” His support staff said he was disturbed at DC being called the Dis-Charged team instead of Deccan Chargers and hence the offer.
DC management sources have however denied any move to sell the team and accused vested interests among rival teams and the media of trying to distract the team from performing well.