After months of speculation, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has announced his decision to join Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) ahead of 2019 general elections. After denying rumours on multiple occasions, Gambhir joined the BJP today in presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitely and Ravi Shankar Prasad.
He revealed that his entry into politics was influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and thanked BJP for the opportunity to do something special for the country.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:
so nothing changes after retirement for @GautamGambhir – life will be pretty hectic during the IPL!
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 22, 2019
Best wishes to @GautamGambhir on the start of a new innings
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 22, 2019
BJP is slowly building a cricket team. They always had good spinners. Recently they got a bunch of night-watchmen. And now #GautamGambhir has joined as opener.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 22, 2019
#GautamGambhir: Not to be confused with Gautam Buddha
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) March 22, 2019
— Neha Bishwas (@NehaBishwas) March 22, 2019
— Anshuman Mishra (@AnshumanM86) March 22, 2019
The 37-year-old called it quits to all forms of cricket in December 2018. The left-handed batsman’s career is remembered for match-winning contributions in inaugural T20 World Cup 2007 and World Cup 2011. He has also led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to Indian Premier League (IPL) title twice.