Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir has jump-started his political career with a bang as he defeated rival candidate Atishi from the East Delhi constituency in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Winning the contest by a significant margin, Gambhir has found immediate success after having joined the ruling BJP earlier this year.
A trend of former cricketers joining politics after their retirement has been witnessed in South Asia, with World Cup winner Imran Khan currently serving as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Ecstatic at his triumph, Gambhir vowed to work hard in his political career and focus his energies on delivering a good performance.
Although the run-up to the elections was mired in controversies, the former opening batsman gracefully accepted his opponent’s well-wishes and hoped to collaborate for a better future for the residents of Delhi.