Published: Sat, March 23, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, likely to fight Lok Sabha polls

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, likely to fight Lok Sabha polls

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party today, leaving a panel to decide whether to field him as a candidate in the cricket-crazy country's upcoming general election.

In the words of Finance minister Arun Jaitley, no match can be won without batting on the front foot and BJP has now found a cricketer to bat for it.

Gambhir met BJP President Amit Shah after joining the party.

After receiving a warm welcome from the ministers on Friday, Gambhir addressed the media saying, "I would like to thank Ravi Shankar Prasad ji and Arun Jaitley ji for giving me this opportunity, to do something special for the country".

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Commenting on the cricketer joining the party Jaitley said that the BJP will be greatly benefitted by the cricketer's presence. He will indeed be active as a campaigner and worker. He shared a post on his official Twitter handle saying, "The most hard decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts". Azad had joined politics on a BJP ticket, but the 60-year-old shifted his allegiance to the Congress last month.

The 37-year-old opener last played a one-day global for the Indian cricket team in 2013 and his last Test match was in 2016.

The left-handed opener was also instrumental in India's win in 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He is the only Indian batsman to have scored more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series. He has played all formats of the game including domestic cricket for Delhi, captained Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. In 2019, he received the Padma Shri from the Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

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