Indian cricket batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who broke the record for the most runs ever scored in international Test cricket last week, has been told he is to be made India's next Prime Minister, according to a rumour I heard on the bus.
The diminutive Tendulkar overtook the 11,953-run haul hauled by West Indies batsman Brian Lara, and is now a folk-hero in the country.
Despite standing only 3 feet 7 inches tall, Tendulkar, 13, cuts a dashing figure at the crease, and has despatched bowlers from every cricketing country to all corners of the ground on numerous occasions. Experts say that this would make him an excellent leader.
India has experienced many political difficulties with its neighbour, Pakistan, over the years, but it's believed that Tendulkar's fantastic record against that country at the wicket, would stand him in great stead in any dealings he would have to undertake.
India's current Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, told reporters at a Press conference this morning:
"Sachin Tendulkar is a God. I would happily stand aside for him to assume control of this country. In fact, he is welcome to it!"
The new position will be a massive step up for the Indian captain, who, when he is not playing cricket, is a part-time Call Centre operator.