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By: Editorial Team Date: Sept 15

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From the Pitch to Parliament: Cricketers Who Swung into Politics

Cricket, often considered a religion in India, has produced not just sporting legends but also individuals who made a mark in the political arena.

Here’s a look at cricketers who successfully transitioned from the pitch to the political stage:

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The first Indian cricketer to enter politics, Baloo contested elections in Bombay Municipality in 1933-34 and ran against Bhim Rao Ambedkar in 1937, despite losing both elections.

Palwankar Baloo:

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The former Indian cricket captain entered politics and contested two Lok Sabha elections, although he didn't secure victory in either attempt.

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi:

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A cricket hero from India's 2007 and 2011 World Cup wins, Gambhir ventured into Indian politics from his hometown, Delhi.

Gautam Gambhir:

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After retiring from cricket, Kirti Azad, a former Indian cricketer, embarked on a political career.

Kirti Azad:

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Another former Indian cricketer, Navjot Singh Sidhu, transitioned into politics after his cricket career ended.

Navjot Singh Sidhu:

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Although not Indian, Imran Khan, the former Pakistani cricketer who led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup and later became the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Imran Khan:

These cricketers’ transitions from the sporting world to the realm of politics underline the diverse and dynamic nature of their careers.

They continue to inspire both on and off the field, leaving a lasting impact in the annals of both sports and politics.

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