Former India opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/gautam-gambhir/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gautam Gambhir</a> has joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday, just weeks before the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. <p></p> <p></p>Gambhir, who played 147 ODIs, 58 Tests and 37 T2oIs for India between 2004 and 2013, was welcomed into the BJP fold during a press conference in New Delhi today which was led by Arun Jaitley, India's current Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. <p></p> <p></p>The 37-year-old Delhi batsman, who played match-winning knocks in the finals of India's 2007 ICC World T20 win in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup title triumph, has been a vocal supporter of the BJP government on social media over the past few years. <p></p> <p></p>Gambhir captained Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, claiming the title twice with KKR. He <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/indian-cricketer-gautam-gambhir-announces-retirement-773379" target="_blank" rel="noopener">retired</a> in December 2018. <p></p> <p></p>Earlier this month, Gambhir was <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/gautam-gambhir-thanks-fans-critics-after-receiving-padma-shri-816052" target="_blank" rel="noopener">conferred the Padma Shri</a>, the country s fourth highest civilian award.