Specialist batter or nightwatchman? Alok Mohan takes over as in-charge police chief of Karnataka

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BySouth First Desk

Published May 23, 2023 | 10:43 PMUpdatedMay 23, 2023 | 10:43 PM

Alok Mohan IPS. (Official Website)

This is one inning being keenly watched by all in Karnataka.

In Test cricket, the batting side sends in a non-specialist batter — the nightwatchman — if a wicket is lost towards the day’s end.

However, not all captains are keen on having a nightwatchman. For instance, Steve Waugh never used one. He preferred a specialist to a lower-order batter.

The Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka seems to be like Waugh, preferring a specialist batter to a nightwatchman.

IPS officer Alok Mohan, the senior-most police officer after Praveen Sood, was made in-charge of the state’s Director-General and Inspector-General of Police on Monday, 22 May.

Sood vacated the post to take charge of the CBI.

Also read: Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood will be next CBI chief

His job is to lead the police — or keep the wicket intact — until a new chief is appointed. According to the rules, the state government has to forward the names of five IPS officers to the Union Public Service Commission, which in confabulation with the Home Department, sends back a short list of three officers.

The state can select its new police chief from the short-listed candidates. Mohan, being the senior-most officer, is most likely to succeed Sood as the regular DG&IGP.

For the record, six night-watchmen — starting with Pakistan’s Nazin-ul-Ghani in 1962, had gone on to score tons in Test cricket. Jason Gillespie of Australia even cracked a double-century against Bangladesh. India’s Syed Kirmani, too, is on the elite list with an unbeaten 101 against Australia at Wankade in 1979.