India’s cricket World Cup star joins Modi’s party before election

Sherman Parsons
March 23, 2019

He accepted the party's primary membership in Delhi in the presence of senior BJP leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad and Arun Jaitley. Gambhir said that he was joining the party after getting influenced by PM Narendra Modi's vision. "I hope to do good work", Gambhir said on the occasion.

He, however, skirted a question on whether the BJP will field Gambhir from any of the seven Lok Sabha seats of Delhi. The party hasn't revealed yet whether the cricketer will contest the upcoming national elections. "We continue to be a cadre-based party and are expanding as a mass cadre based party".

Answering questions on whether Gambhir will contest from Delhi, Arun Jaitley said the party will take a call on that.

The former left-handed opening batsman resides in Delhi's Rajendra Nagar neighbourhood, now held by the party's Meenakshi Lekhi.

"If I foray into politics, people shouldn't vote for me because I have played cricket for the country".

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The left-handed opener was also instrumental in India's win in 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Gambhir had retired from the game in December 2018 and the news of him joining the party was expected for some time. In the 2009 general election, he again won from the same seat but he was not nominated from the seat in 2014 general election.

Gambhir is the only Indian and one of four global cricketers to have scored hundreds in five consecutive Test matches.

Gambhir is the only Indian batsman to have scored more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series.

In 2019, Gambhir was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.

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