Gautam Gambhir enters politics by joining BJP
Gautam Gambhir is welcomed into the BJP fold by Amit Shah. (PTI image)

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday, just weeks before the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

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.

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.

Gambhir captained Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, claiming the title twice with KKR. He retired in December 2018.

Earlier this month, Gambhir was conferred the Padma Shri, the country s fourth highest civilian award.