Gautam Gambhir quits politics to focus on cricket commitments

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has announced his departure from his political career to concentrate on his forthcoming cricket engagements ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Gambhir, who ventured into politics in March 2019 by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has decided to step down from his political duties, as per his recent social media declaration.

Gambhir’s political journey commenced on March 22, 2019, when he officially joined the BJP in the presence of Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad. Representing the party, he contested the 2019 Indian general election from East Delhi and emerged victorious with a significant margin against his opponents.

In his latest social media announcement, Gambhir expressed his gratitude towards the BJP leadership, including Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Hon’ble Home Minister Amit Shah, for the opportunity to serve the people.

Before joining politics, Gambhir had a remarkable cricketing career, representing India in all three formats of the game. He was a vital member of the Indian team that won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. His contributions in both tournaments were noteworthy, particularly his match-winning knocks in the WC finals.

In addition to his decision to quit politics, Gambhir has also parted ways with the IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), where he served as a mentor for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. He will now be joining Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the same capacity, marking his second stint with the franchise. Gambhir had previously been associated with KKR as a player and led the team to their two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014.