NEW DELHI: Someone who always wore passion on his sleeve, dared to speak his mind and cared little for reputations, Gautam Gambhir’s new innings is expected to be equally eventful as white flannels make way for spotless kurta pyjamas following his landslide victory from East Delhi.
Gambhir, in cricketing parlance, hit a century on ‘debut’, winning his maiden Parliament elections by a massive margin. He sort of demolished his opponents, securing close to seven lakh votes, leaving close rivals — Congress’ Arvinder Singh Lovely and AAP’s Aatishi Marlena — way behind.
The start has been typically ‘Gambhirsque’ with a direct sarcastic dig at his rivals Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’ of Congress and Aatishi Marlena of Aam Aadmi Party after the people of East Delhi gave him an overwhelming mandate.
“Neither it’s a ‘Lovely’ cover drive and nor it is an ‘?????’ ??????????? It’s just the BJP’s ‘?????’ ideology which people have supported. Thanks a lot to all the @BJP4India and @BJP4Delhi team-mates for getting this mandate. We won’t fail people’s choice,” he tweeted from his official handle.
As a player, Gambhir certainly wasn’t the most talented in the Indian set-up which boasted the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid but it was his big heart that made him indispensable between 2007-2011, something he would like to bring to his political career.
But politics will be an entirely different ball game. The pitch will be very different and unpredictable from the 22-yards where he faced the likes of Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar or Mitchell Johnson in his prime.