When it comes to Ravi Shastri doing commentary, certain cliches are to be expected. Cricket fans who have been listening to Shastri on television over the years are so accustomed to his frequent "tracer bullets", so much so that no boundary is complete till Shastri uses those magical words.
The Indian commentator has had his leg pulled over the use — or overuse — of some of his trademark lines, but that has hardly deterred him from refraining to them whenever the chance presents itself.
On Thursday, the 54-year-old took to Twitter to congratulate the Bharatiya Janta Party for their landslide win in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, and described the Narandra Modi-Amit Shah-led effort of crossing the 300-seat mark in the state to the proverbial "tracer bullet".
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) March 16, 2017
While there was hardly anything unexpected about Shastri bringing his signature punch lines to Twitter, there was quite a big element of astonishment in the way Prime Minister Modi replied to Shastri. Modi who is known to throw in that bit of context to every issue he takes up, be it his his speeches or on social media, did another wonderful job while responding to Shastri. It became clear Modi himself was no alien to the commentator's cliched lines, and crafted his reply in typical Shastri-esque fashion. "Thank you. UP polls did not quite go down to the wire. But, at the end of the day democracy is indeed the real winner!" Modi replied.
Twitter went crazy at Modi's witty response and lauded him, calling him the 'ultimate troll master'.
— Neta Ji (@AapGhumaKeLeLo) March 16, 2017
Some even went to the extent of suggesting BCCI replace Shastri with Modi in the commentary box.
@narendramodi Sir this is called mighty six in cricketing parlance. Congratulations for the awesome show.
— Kuntal Sen (@kuntalsen) March 16, 2017
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Updated Date: Mar 16, 2017 22:10:32 IST