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Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

Former Cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Friday joined Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Gautam Gambhir said that he was joining BJP because he was influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. He added that he was honoured to get the opportunity to join BJP.

With his reach of nearly nine million followers on Twitter, the 37-year-old cricketer was conferred with India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma award.

Gambhir made his one-day international debut for the Indian team in April 2003 against Bangladesh and went on to play 147 ODIs for the side.

His performances in the finals of the 2007 T20 World Cup final against Pakistan and the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka helped India win both the titles. He also earned 58 Test caps and scored nine hundreds and 22 fifties in the longest format of the game.

The 37-year-old announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last December.

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