The larger than life persona of cricketers gives them celebrity status in India, and makes them a popular face among the public. After having proven their might on the cricket field, a number of cricketers turned to politics to start their second innings. While some tasted success, others couldn’t repeat their feats in the political ring.
Here are five Indian cricketers who played international cricket, and then jumped into politics.
Part of the 1983 World Cup winning team, Kirti Azad played 7 Tests and 25 ODIs for India. He is not entirely unintroduced from the political scene, as his father, Bhagwat Jha Azad, had served as the Chief Minister of Bihar.
After his career as a player, he turned to broadcasting on television. He has been part of a number of news chat-shows and post-match television discussions. Yet, he finally found his calling in politics.
He won the 2014 Lok sabha elections from Darbhanga, and is currently serving his third term in the Lok Sabha as part of the BJP.