Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir reportedly set to enter the field of politics

Sudhir Gupta 19/08/2018
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Gautam Gambhir could be about to contest the Delhi elections.

Even as former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan took oath as the newly elected Prime Minister of the country on Saturday, the trend of cricketers turning to politics could continue if latest reports are to be believed.

According to an article by leading Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, former India batsman Gautam Gambhir could contest the upcoming elections for the state of Delhi.

The report states that Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), which is the ruling national party in the country, is eager to field Gambhir in the Delhi elections.

If Gambhir does indeed take to the field in the assembly elections, he would follow in the footsteps of several Indian cricketers who have started a new innings in politics post their cricketing careers.

Navjot Sidhu, Mohammad Azharuddin, Vinod Kambli and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi are just a few of the former India cricketers who have given politics a shot.

Navjot Sidhu currently serves as a Minister in his home state.

Navjot Sidhu currently serves as a Minister in his home state.

36-year-old Gambhir has played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20s for India over the course of his career. His last appearance in an India shirt came in November 2016 in a Test match against England at Rajkot.

The Delhi native had returned to his home franchise Delhi Daredevils in the IPL at the start of the year after a hugely successful tenure as Kolkata Knight Riders skipper.

He was given the captaincy of the Daredevils as well but stepped down midway through the competition after a poor run of form with the bat which coincided with the team’s dismal performance.

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Virat Kohli has notched up a half-century.

India came up with a good batting performance against England in the third Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

India skipper Virat Kohli missed his century by three runs as the visitors were well-placed at 279-5.

England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to bowl first. Dhawan and KL Rahul have made a watchful start for India and added 60 runs for the first wicket. Woakes struck twice to reduce India to 65-2.

Post lunch, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane stitched together a steady partnership with the former notching up his 18th Test half-century. The pair took India to 189-3 when before tea was taken on day one.

The two continued their fine form in the final session, taking their stand past 150 and and the score to 236-3. Rahane fell for 81, caught at slip off Stuart Broad.

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India batsman Murali Vijay.

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