Gautam Gambhir says 'relieve me...' to JP Nadda but why?

As Gambhir navigates the intersection of sports and politics, his decision to prioritize cricket underscores the enduring passion and dedication that define his multifaceted career.

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Mayank Kasyap
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Courtesy: ANI (File)

New Delhi: BJP MP Gautam Gambhir expressed his intention to step away from political responsibilities in a recent announcement on X. Gambhir, known for his vocal criticism of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, cited his desire to concentrate on upcoming cricket commitments as the primary reason for his decision.

In a statement on X, Gambhir conveyed his request to BJP president JP Nadda to relieve him of political duties, expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for the opportunity to serve the people. While emphasizing his commitment to cricket, Gambhir stopped short of confirming whether he intends to fully exit the political arena.

Political career highlights

Gautam Gambhir's foray into politics occurred ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. In a significant victory, he secured the East Delhi constituency by defeating AAP's Atishi.

Cricketing legacy

Renowned for his contributions to Indian cricket, Gautam Gambhir played a pivotal role in the country's triumphs during the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. As one of the most prominent figures in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Gambhir's presence adds prestige to the highly anticipated tournament, set to commence next month.

Sporting achievements

Gambhir's illustrious cricketing career boasts impressive statistics, including 4,154 runs in 58 test matches at an average of 41.96 and 5,238 runs in 147 ODIs at an average of 39.68. Presently, he serves as the mentor for Shahrukh Khan's IPL franchise, the Kolkata Knight Riders, further solidifying his influence in the cricketing realm.

Multifaceted role

Beyond his on-field prowess, Gautam Gambhir has established himself as a successful commentator, contributing his insights and expertise to enhance the cricketing experience for audiences worldwide.

As Gambhir navigates the intersection of sports and politics, his decision to prioritize cricket underscores the enduring passion and dedication that define his multifaceted career.