There are two things that work in our country, always; Cricket and Bollywood. Now have you ever wondered what roles would our cricketers play if they acted in Bollywood flicks?
1. Sunil Gavaskar – Babuji
The old man of Indian cricket who loves the game to be played the “sanskaari” or traditional way is an absolute match with Alok Nath’s evergreen character of Babuji. No matter which year it is or which century it is, a six has to be followed by a single and nothing else. The ball has to be played along the ground and not in the air, that is not how an “adarshwadi” cricketer would play.
2. MS Dhoni – Rancho
Rancho from 3 idiots was different, much like our very own MS Dhoni. He was as they say ‘raw talent’ or ‘pure genius’. Nobody thought if a shot such as the ‘helicopter shot’ could be even played, forget attempted. Like Rancho always kept away from the limelight (remember he walked away from the graduation ceremony?), Mahi does the same: He lets the players take the bulk of the limelight.
3. Virat Kohli – Tara Singh
Remember Tara Singh? The Indian Hulk who smashed the daylights out of the entire Pakistan. ‘Plucking’ out the tubewell and then, well… His diction is nothing short of legendary and we’re talking about Virat Kohli here who is no less than Tara Singh. Bringing Pakistan on its knees and delivering expletives are his forte and surely none better than the ever angry and aggressive Tara Singh.
4. Sourav Ganguly – Chulbul Pandey
The Dada of Indian cricket carried his “dadagiri” on and off the field much like Salman Khan’s character Chulbul Pandey does in the cult film Dabangg. Absolutely no one messes with Dada. He does what he feels like, whenever he feels like. Remember his shirt taking off act at Lords? He will be the first and the last one to attempt such a thing. That is for sure.
5. Sachin Tendulkar – Bhuvan
The God of cricket has no parallels. But if we had to pick one, the closest we could get to was Bhuvan from Lagaan. Bhuvan carried the expectation of the entire village on his shoulders and almost singlehandedly, much like Sachin has carried the expectations of the nation for close to two decades. Whenever Sachin was on the crease, India could breathe easy and whenever Bhuvan was on the crease, the villagers dared to hope.
6. Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh – Amar and Prem
These two men from Punjab are no different to Amar and Prem from Andaaz Apna Apna. Always upto something or the other, the pranksters were almost inseparable on the field and off it. They have gotten together to pull off the best of pranks and in one instance almost had Dada in tears! Such is the ability of these men.
7. Rahul Dravid – Deewar
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This man really got us thinking. At the end we had to concede defeat and there was no such character in Hindi cinema that we could compare with him. So the only way out was finding an entire movie to be dedicated to “The Wall” : Deewar. “Mere paas bangla hain, gaadi hain, bank balance hain. Tere paas kya hain?” “Humare paas Rahul Dravid hain.”
8. Greg Chappel – Gabbar
Every story has a villain and the title of Gabbar in Indian cricket has to go to Greg Chappel. He brought the best of people in Indian cricket on their knees. At one point even displaying his ‘middle finger’ like the way Gabbar would point his gun and ask his men, “Kitne aadmi the?”