Former Pakistan all-rounder Imran Khan was sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of the nation on Saturday. As he became the first ever cricketer turned Prime Minister, we have another huge Indian star cricketer who looks set to embark into a political journey. Gautam Gambhir might be contesting next general elections from Delhi on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket if reports are to be believed.
The out-of-favour Indian opener has been on BJP's priority list as the party looks set to overturn its fortune in the capital. Currently, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is the ruling party in the state. Meanwhile, BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in power in centre. As per a report in national daily, Dainik Jagaran, BJP is likely to convince Gambhir to contest in the upcoming general elections from Delhi.
Earlier also, many cricketers have tried their luck in politics; for example Navjot Singh Sidhu is a minister in Punjab government while Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Azharuddin have also fought elections on the ticket of Congress party.
Twitter is happy with the news of Gambhir entering politics & this is how users welcomed him:
Talking about his stellar cricketing career, Gambhir played an instrumental role in India's two World Cup triumphs in recent years. He was in superb form and scored a plethora of runs in both the 2007 T20I World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup which India won under MS Dhoni's captaincy. He played crucial knocks in the finals of both the tournaments.
Gambhir has played 58 Tests and 147 ODIs for India, amassing 9392 runs in total including 20 centuries. The veteran also led Kolkata Knight Riders to two Indian Premier League (IPL) titles. Last season he returned to Delhi Daredevils from KKR but failed to replicate the success he had enjoyed at the Kolkata based franchise.