Will the real Virat Kohli please stand up? Image: Twitter
For most Indians and cricket fans around the globe, India team captain Virat Kohli is one in a billion. But for Vitthal Ganpat Ghavate, a candidate running for the position of sarpanch of Ramalinga Gram Panchayat in Shirur, Maharashtra, the India cricket captain is ... umm well ... replaceable.
Ghavate promised voters that Virat will be a special guest in one of his election rallies held on May 25. Posters were printed, announcements were made.
Here's a look at the announcement posters teasing Virat's presence at the campaign rally.
The rally poster announcing Virat as a special guest Image: Facebook
But when the moment of truth came, Virat, as expected, didn't show up...sort of. The organisers brought along a doppelgänger (if you can call him that). If you ask us, the closest resemblance the so-called 'look alike' had to Kohli was his shades. The chief guest turned out a little cheaper than expected.
Take a look yourself.
The organisers brought along a Virat Kohli doppelganger...sort of Image: Facebook
Celebrity endorsements are nothing new in politics, with a lot of politicians opting to include Bollywood stars and celebrities in campaign rallies. And needless to say, Virat would be quite a coup considering he's the biggest cricket star in India, if not the planet.
Add to that, the bloke has shattered innumerable records on his path to becoming one of the most accomplished batsmen of all time, and he's not even 30. But for him to show up at a gram panchayat rally would be a little too far-fetched, wouldn't it?
Despite the not-so-obvious misdirection, full marks to Ghavate and his campaign team for the jumla. At the very least, it's much better than distributing cash and liquor to attract voters — a somewhat unspoken ritual in Indian elections, regardless of the scale.
And well, it also had Twitter buzzing.
Horse-trading in politics is so yesterday, Kohli-trading is definitely the new fad!