Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, says 'impressed by Narendra Modi'

Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, says 'impressed by Narendra Modi'

He said it was an honour for him to join the platform. He is expected to be fielded by the party in the upcoming polls from one of the seven seats in Delhi.

Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has officially made his politics debut by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday. 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".

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. He joined the party in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The former left-handed opening batsman resides in Delhi's Rajendra Nagar neighbourhood, now held by the party's Meenakshi Lekhi. "The party has expanded a lot in the past few decades and our speciality is being a cadre-based mass party where we also induct people who have achieved excellence in various fields".

The remarks brought to the mind another former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who quit the BJP in 2016 and later joined the Congress.

The combative former opening batsman played a key role in India's triumph in the 2011 World Cup and the 2007 T20 World Cup. He contested in the 2014 general elections from Tonk-Madhopur constituency in Rajasthan, but lost to the BJP's candidate by nearly 1.35 lakh votes.

Gautam Gambhir was conferred the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award, in 2008 by the President of India.

Gambhir has played all levels of cricket for Delhi, captained two different IPL teams as well as played 58 tests and 150 One Day Internationals.

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