Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir might be the next in line to join politics, according to reports. The celebrity Indian opener may contest Lok Sabha elections from Delhi on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket. Former Pakistan all-rounder Imran Khan became the first ever cricketer turned Prime Minister, now perhaps it is Gambhir’s turn to embark into a political journey.
The Indian opener has been on the priority list of Bharatiya Janata Party and set to overturn its fortune in the capital.
Gambhir joins a long list of Indian cricketers who have previously left the sport in favour of politics, representation and legislation duties. Kirti Azad, Mohammad Azharuddin, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Mohammad Kaif, Praveen Kumar, Vinod Kambli and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi are the Indian cricket stars to have previously done the same.
Gambhir last represented India in a Test match in 2016. He has not featured in a limited overs encounter since 2012. The Delhi-based southpaw was instrumental in helping India win T20I World Cup 2007 and World Cup 2011. He played solid knocks in both the finals.
He has also led Kolkata to two IPL titles. This season, he was leading the Delhi Daredevils, but after repeated losses, he stepped down as captain from the side. Since then, he has not featured in IPL matches too.