Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir today joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. With just a few weeks to go for the Lok Sabha elections, which are slated to take place between April 11 and May 19.
Gambhir said he was ’impressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision’ and so that was the cause of joining the party.
“I am impressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision… I have contributed to the field of cricket and now hope to do more for the country”, the 37-year-old cricketer said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley welcomed him to the party. Gambhir was introduced into cricket when Jaitley was the chief of Delhi cricketing body. “The BJP will benefit from his talent.” said the Minister.
When asked if Gambhir would contest from a Lok Sabha seat in Delhi, Jaitley said let the party’s election committee decide that.
Gautam Gambhir with an impressive reach of nine million followers on the social media, had been quite vocal about the policies and polity of the nation and had taken to Twitter a couple of times to express his views on issues of national importance.
He has been conferred with India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri award, earlier this year and received a congratulatory letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A resident of Delhi,Gambhir made his one-day international debut for the Indian national team in April 2003 against Bangladesh and went on to play 147 ODIs for the side.
His performances in the finals of the 2007 T20 World Cup final against Pakistan and the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka helped India win both the titles. And Gambhir, in the process, went on to acquire something of a cult status among Indian fans.
He also earned 58 Test caps and scored nine hundreds and 22 fifties in the longest format of the game. Gambhir’s last appearance in an Indian shirt came in 2016 but he continued plying his trade in domestic cricket.