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Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir joins BJP ahead of elections

Gautam Gambhir joins Bhartiya Janta Party
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Cricketers often join politics after their retirement, the same has been done by another famous player. The ex KKR captain and former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir has joined Bharatiya Janata Party – BJP ahead of the elections of 2019. The former India opening batsman retired from cricket in December after a 15-year stint. He has been very extremist in his political views and has always been inclined to the right winged BJP.

Gambhir influenced by BJP’s vision

Previously Gautam Gambhir also campaigned for Arun Jaitley’s 2014 contest in Punjab’s Amritsar. Gautam shared that joining BJP was always his dream and the party aptly represented the values and believes of millions of Indians. He further said:

” I have been influenced by the PM, his vision for the country. This is a fabulous platform for me to do something for the country.”

BJP sources said Gambhir may be fielded from the New Delhi constituency ahead of the 2019 elections in India.

 

Cricketing Career

Gambhir has been a key player for India for many years. In WorldCup 2007 and 2011 he played some instrumental innings for the team. Even as a captain he had a very successful tenure. His franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders won IPL twice under his captaincy and will be fighting again for the trophy in IPL 2019 but under a different man.

Gautam has always been an aggressive batsman and captain. Gambhir is the only Indian and one of four international cricketers to have scored hundreds in five consecutive Test matches. He is also the only Indian batsman to have scored more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series. For a very long period of time, Gambhir was the most reliable opening batsman for India.

Journey Ahead

Now as he ventures into politics, it will be interesting to see how he plays there. Will he be able to hit some sixes during elections and win his maiden contest or will he suffer a brutal loss? Considering his fan following, one can expect a heavy win for Gambhir. BJP has also got a substantial following in India but will all this be enough to make Gambhir’s career success in politics? Perhaps it is too early to predict right now.

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