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Move over Dhoni, Lalu is here!

Hundreds turned up to see Lalu Prasad play for Railway XI in the tie against Media XI at the Moinul Haque stadium that ended in a draw.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 22:54 IST

Cricket's sensations Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have some competition - from Railway Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad who knocked 20 runs off only six balls in a friendly match on Saturday.

Hundreds turned up to see Lalu Prasad play for Railway XI in the tie against Media XI at the Moinul Haque stadium that ended in a draw.

Former Bihar Chief Minister had more reasons to smile as his elder son Tej Pratap scored a century.

"I was happy to score 20 run by hitting fours," said Lalu Prasad, who captained the Railway squad.

He eventually was clean bowled by Nitish, a journalist who happens to be a namesake of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who defeated the RJD in November's assembly elections.

RJD leaders present at the match were pleasantly surprised at their leader's new role.

"He played cricket like a full-time cricketer - be it batting, fielding or bowling," said Anwar Ahmad, a senior RJD leader and close associate of Lalu Prasad.

Clad in the traditional cricket gear, Lalu Prasad was cheerful and was hoping to beat Media XI. "I tried my best to defeat them but the match ended in a draw. Let's hope for a win the next time," he said with a big smile on his face.

After showing his prowess with the bat, he turned to bowling as well.

Lalu Prasad was so engrossed in the proceedings between the wickets that he thrice refused to take a call on his cell phone that was brought to him by an assistant.

While Rabri Devi, a former chief minister, missed out on her husband's performance, Tej Pratap said he was happy with his father's performance.

"It was great! My father hardly practised for this match but his knock was no different from that of a regular cricketer," he said.

He may not have played cricket, but he is no newcomer to the game. Lalu Prasad is the chairman of the Bihar Cricket Association and one of his sons, Tejasvi Yadav, plays for Delhi's under-17 team.

At the end of the tie, Lalu Prasad announced that he would make efforts to hold international cricket matches in Patna.