Gautam Gambhir joins BJP. Will he contest Lok Sabha elections?

Elena Summers
March 23, 2019

With the general elections less than a month away, former India opener Gautam Gambhir joined the Bharatiya Janta Party on Friday.

"I am joining this party (BJP) because I have been inspired by PM Narendra Modi's vision".

Former worldwide cricketer Gautam Gambhir Friday joined the BJP and is expected to be fielded in the Lok Sabha polls from one of the seats in the national capital.

He is likely to be allotted a seat from Delhi for the coming Lok Sabha polls. There are reports that he could be the party's candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Delhi. "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". BJP sources said Gambhir may be fielded from the New Delhi constituency, now represented by the party's Meenakshi Lekhi. I don't know if I am going to be as good a coach as I have been a player.

The Delhi-based batsman who retired from worldwide cricket in 2018, was instrumental in helping India win the T20 World Cup 2007 and World Cup 2011 playing solid knocks in finals of both the tournaments. Under Gambhir's captaincy, the Kolkata Knight Riders won their IPL title in 2012 and again in 2014.

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.

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

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

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