Presently, Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party is ruling the state and BJP is desperate to achieve victory in New Delhi as it the capital of the country.
Gautam Gambhir is all set to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and contest in the next general elections from Delhi, if reports are to be believed. According to a report by Dainik Jagaran, BJP, who have not come to power in Delhi for a long time, is eager to give a ticket to veteran Indian batsman to restore their image and power in the capital city. Currently, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is ruling in the state.
Gambhir will not be the first athlete of his ranks to join politics after a career in cricket. He will be following Navjot Singh Sidhu, Mohammad Kaif, Praveen Kumar, Vinod Kambli and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi to name a few who have done moved to politics from cricket in the past.
While the Delhi-based southpaw has not featured in limited overs since 2012, Gambhir last represented the country in Test cricket in 2016 against England. The 36-year old has scored 4,154 in 58 Tests and 5,238 runs in 147 ODIs. He was instrumental in helping India win T20I World Cup 2007 and World Cup 2011.
He has also led his previous team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two Indian Premier League (IPL) titles. He led Delhi Daredevils in the last season but stepped down from his position as captain after repeated losses.
Here’s what some of the cricket fans reacted :
@GautamGambhir Why??? Why let politics destroy your spirit?
— Proud villager (@Wordzeala) August 20, 2018
.@GautamGambhir heard that you are joining politics. Sir with due respect please I want to see you as cricketer for many more years please it’s my request not to end your cricket career. love you Dil se. Hope to see you again in @KKRiders @iamsrk
— Nitesh Khandelwal (@NKhandelwal1995) August 18, 2018
It’s not the fame but character and commitment towards your country.. though you may be shotdown through politics.. but we respect your commitment towards the country.. and your character to stand against the odds.. love you @GautamGambhir
— Ram gorripati (@RamGorripati) August 19, 2018
Honest people like Gambhir must join politics.
— Ankit Kumar Jaiswal (@AnkitKrJais) August 19, 2018
@GautamGambhir sir love to hear that you are coming in politics
We lack people like you all the best for future we are with you
— Jagjeet Sahu🇮🇳 (@just_ms55) August 19, 2018
Gambhir last played for India in 2016 when he was a part of the test team that played against England while he played last for the country in limited overs format in 2012. He has played 58 tests and scored 4,154 runs while in 147 ODIs that have been played by him, he has scored 5,238 runs. Nobody can forget his contribution in making the team win the T20I World Cup 2007 and World Cup 2011.
The 36 years old cricketer is known for calling a spade and has never shied away from expressing his opinion on important matters. He is known to be involved in various charity works and has a clean image that may help him in winning elections if he decides to enter politics.
He was also the captain of IPL team Delhi Daredevils but he stepped down as the team was not performing well under his captaincy.
Do you think that Gambhir should join politics or not? Do let us know.