Former India Opener Gambhir Begins Political Journey With BJP

Tanya Simon
March 22, 2019

Speaking on the occasion, Gambhir thanked the ruling party for giving him an opportunity to do something for the country. Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir officially joined the BJP in the presence of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The Delhi-based batsman who retired from worldwide cricket in 2018, was instrumental in helping India win the T20 World Cup 2007 and World Cup 2011 playing solid knocks in finals of both the tournaments.

He was recently conferred upon the Padma Shri award.

"I have been influenced by the PM, his vision for the country".

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He is likely to be allotted a seat from Delhi for the coming Lok Sabha polls. And now, BJP has welcomed the former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who as per sources might contest from New Delhi constituency. "The BJP will benefit from his talent", Jaitley, who was the former president of Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) which Gambhir represented, said.

The BJP has many other celebrities, mainly actors, in its ranks including cabinet minister Smriti Z. Irani, MP Kirron Kher and Delhi party chief Manoj Tiwari. However, they now turned out to finally be true.

Gambhir who last played for India in a Test match in 2016, has played 58 Tests and 147 ODIs for the country scoring 9392 including 20 centuries. "With sir's blessing, I am going to try my best", Gambhir said. Thereafter, Navjot Sidhu, the former Indian cricketer, and Congress Leader came out in support of Pakistan.

He was also awarded the Arjuna award in 2008 and was the top-scorers in India's two World title wins - 2007 World T20 (75 in 54 balls) and the 2011 World Cup (97 from 122). Post retirement from global cricket, he has been engaged in commentary during important matches.

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