"It's kho-kho," he quipped when asked whether reshuffle is like a cricket match, referring to the popular field game.
Asked by reporters whether he looked at the change in his portfolio as a demotion, Deshmukh said "getting a Cabinet berth at the Centre itself is a promotion. What is a demotion after that? It is getting the rank of a Minister of State."
Deshmukh is locked in a straight contest with former Test cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar for the post of the Mumbai Cricket Association and was here in connection with the biennial election to the sports body.