New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 in the presence of Union Minister Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday. Commenting on Gambhir joining BJP, Jaitley said that ‘people of eminence are joining BJP’.

After joining the party, Gambhir said, “I am joining this party (BJP) after getting influenced by PM Narendra Modi’s vision. I am honoured to get the opportunity to join this platform.”

Gambhir is a resident of Rajinder Nagar in Delhi, may contest from the prestigious New Delhi constituency, as per sources.

Gautam Gambhir was a high-profile campaigner for Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s 2014 contest in Punjab’s Amritsar.

Gambhir officially announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on December 4, 2018. He shared a post on his official Twitter handle saying, “The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life”.

Gambhir played 58 Tests, scoring 4, 154 runs, at an average of 41.95, including nine centuries and 22 fifties. He played 147 ODIs, scoring 5, 238 runs at an average of 39.68 and a strike-rate of 85.25. Gambhir made his last appearance in the coveted India jersey during the first Test against England (2016) in the home series. He was recently conferred upon the Padma Shri award.

He played a pivotal role in India’s historic victories in the inaugural edition of ICC World T20 and also during the ICC World Cup 2011, he played match-winning knocks of 75 (against Pakistan) and 97 (against Sri Lanka) which helped the men in blue to lift the world titles.