Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in December 2018, with the Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and Andhra Pradesh being his last match.
“The next Ranji trophy match against Andhra will be my last game in the sun. It is all coming to an end from where it started at Feroz Shah Kotla,” Gambhir said in his video announcement, which was shared on social media. “As a batsman I have always valued timing. I know the time is just right and I am sure it’s sweet as well,” he said.
Now, Gambhir has announced his decision to take on a more challenging game, that of the electorate, after being inducted into the Delhi cadre of the Bharatiya Janta Party ahead of the upcoming elections.
Speaking at BJP headquarters in Delhi, the former cricketer said, “I thank the party for giving me this opportunity. I am joining this party after being inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. It’s an opportunity for me to do something for my countrymen. I look forward to doing my best.”
BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who was also present at the announcement, did not confirm the constituency where the party will field Gambhir from. “Let’s leave it to the country’s Election Committee. For now we are happy he joined the party,” he said.
In any case, if one takes a closer look at his social media and the predilection for social commentary that is clearly visible therein, one might suspect Gambhir has long been preparing for the next big game of his life: a career in politics.
Gambhir has always been vocal over various issues plaguing the nation and ever eager to demonstrate his knowledge of current events and society’s problems, Gambhir is literally a poster-boy of desi Twitter, as we explore below.
He took Delhi’s political masters to task over the pollution crisis in the region. He had a heated exchange with Omar Abdullah over the death of Mannan Wani.
He naturally had an opinion on the Amritsar train tragedy, in which a group of Ramlila revelers were run over by a speeding train.