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Karunanidhi: The Sachin of TN politics

You can say so.

Because nothing describes Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief M Karunanidhi's position now better than the worrying trough cricketing genius Sachin Tendulkar has hit in recent times.

Look at the similarities:

Both are past masters and proven performers of their respective games - if the 74 international centuries tell the tale the Little Master, the fact that Karunanidhi hasn't tasted failure in the 50 years he has been contesting elections speaks for the 83-year-old.

Both have contributed to cricket and politics more than what they have drawn from their respective fields.

Though both have reached a stage in their careers where they know there is little left to prove, they will want to ride into the sunset with their heads held high.

But, unfortunately, the doubters have started to raise some uncomfortable questions. While the self proclaimed cricket gurus are busy questioning whether Sachin has any cricket in him at all, the so-called political pundits are asking whether Karunanidhi still has it in him to lead a fast developing state for five years?

While injury has ensured that we will have to wait a while for Sachin's answer, the Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu have provided Karunanidhi with an opportunity to prove himself.

As Karunanidhi readies himself for one more battle, here's a look at one of his recent outings.

Text: Krishnakumar | Photographs: Shree

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