06 December, 2020

A Buffoon Called Lele

Denials come so easily to this official; he could have been a monk

A Buffoon Called Lele
WHAT entered the Almighty’s mind when he put the serpent into Eden he alone knows, and by now he may well have forgotten. All that can be said is, so far as writers of fiction are concerned, the serpent’s presence was an unmixed blessing," is how John Mortimer introduces The Oxford Book of Villains. The difference between God and Jagmohan Dalmiya is ‘Jaggu Dada’ knows precisely why he installed Jaywant Yeshwant Lele to be his successor as BCCI secretary. And, true to his part, Mr Lele ensures cricket scribes, whom he considers fiction-writers anyway, never have a dull moment chronicling the tragi-comedy that’s Indian cricket.

Foot-in-the-mouth-itis is an ailment that’s long afflicted the man, but denial comes so easily to Mr Lele at 61, that in some previous innings in The Great Stadium, he could have been a Buddhist monk. So he now denies having told an internet magazine that India will lose 0-3 to Australia, having said that Tendulkar & Co won’t be able to bat on bouncy Aussie wickets. He denies having wondered why Azhar’s out...



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