Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ex-cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP ahead of LS polls

Ex-cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP ahead of LS polls

As former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined the BJP today, he was praised by Union Minister Arun Jaitley for not being among the players who "seemed to have turned sympathisers of Pakistan".

"I am joining this party influenced by our prime minister, his vision", Gambhir, 37, told reporters after being inducted into the party by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. "I've done whatever I could for cricket, and this is a fabulous platform for me to do something more for the country", he said. In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror when asked whether he would join BJP and contest for a Lok Sabha seat, Gambhir said, "It is all a rumour". Recently, Arun Jaitley, the Union Minister, took a dig at the retired cricketer and termed him a "sympathizer" of Pakistan.

Speculations doing the rounds are that Gambhir will be the party's candidate from Delhi. He is expected to be fielded by the party in the upcoming polls from one of the seven seats in Delhi. Gautam Gambhir is a Delhi boy.

BJP sources, however, said Gambhir may be fielded from the New Delhi constituency, now represented by the party's Meenakshi Lekhi. Azad had joined politics on a BJP ticket, but the 60-year-old shifted his allegiance to the Congress last month. Gautam Gambhir has been awarded the Padma Sri, has been non-committal about joining politics. "I hope to do good work", Gambhir said. He was part of India's squad when they won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and Cricket World Cup in 2011.

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It was in December 2018 when Gambhir made a decision to shock his fans by announcing his unexpected retirement from the game of Cricket.

He captained the Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL championships - 2012 and 2014.

Gambhir played 58 Tests, scoring 4154 runs, at an average of 41.95, including nine centuries and 22 fifties.

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