Gambhi joined the party in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad. Gautam Gambhir is a Delhi boy. "The party will benefit from this joining", said Jaitley at the press conference.
Speaking about the move, Azad said that PM Modi's claim of fighting corruption was a "jumla" and also alleged that the BJP lacked internal democracy. "I've done whatever I could for cricket, and this is a fabulous platform for me to do something more for the country", he said. However, all the speculations have been put to rest now as the former Indian cricketer has officially entered the politics. "But I don't think it would be needed", replied Gautam Gambhir.
The 37-year-old may contest from the prestigious New Delhi constituency now held by the party's Meenakshi Lekhi, say sources. I don't know if I am going to be as good a coach as I have been a player. He has played all formats of the game including domestic cricket for Delhi, captained Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. He contested in the 2014 general elections from Tonk-Madhopur constituency in Rajasthan, but lost to the BJP's candidate by nearly 1.35 lakh votes.
Gautam Gambhir's tweet dated January 3, 2019.
The 37-year-old opener last played a one-day worldwide for the Indian cricket team in 2013 and his last Test match was in 2016. He is the only Indian and one of only four global batsman to score hundreds in five consecutive Tests in the 2009-10 season.
Earlier this month, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directly called on Bollywood and sports stars, among others, to urge Indians to vote in the country's upcoming mammoth elections.
He was recently conferred upon the Padma Shri award.
The former India opening batsman retired from cricket in December after a 15-year stint.