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Yuvraj Singh Mulls Political Debut: A BJP Contender For Gurdaspur?

Speculations are doing rounds on cricket legend Yuvraj Singh to be roped in by the BJP to be fielded on the Gurdaspur seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The sitting MP is Sunny Deol who contested from the very same party.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Feb 21, 2024 16:01 IST
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Yuvraj Singh, the former star all-rounder of the Indian cricket team, is reportedly considering contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket from Gurdaspur. This development follows his recent meeting with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, fueling speculations about his potential entry into the political arena under the BJP banner.

The seat for Gurdaspur is currently held by actor Sunny Deol, who won it in the previous elections. However, his absence from the constituency and limited engagement in parliamentary proceedings seem to have prompted the BJP to seek a new candidate to represent the constituency effectively. Gurdaspur has a history of prominent representatives, including the late Vinod Khanna, who also served as a Member of Parliament from the region.

Yuvraj Singh, a cricketing icon known for his explosive batting and remarkable contributions to Indian cricket, emerged on the international scene in 2000. He quickly established himself as a vital asset to the Indian team, particularly excelling in limited-overs formats. His notable achievements include playing pivotal roles in India’s triumphs at the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup, where he was honoured as the Player of the Tournament.

Beyond his sporting feats, Yuvraj’s journey is marked by extraordinary resilience, notably his triumphant return to cricket after successfully overcoming a battle with cancer. His remarkable comeback story serves as an inspiration to many, reflecting his courage and determination.

During his illustrious cricketing career, Yuvraj’s achievements were numerous and groundbreaking. Notably, he etched his name in the record books by hitting six consecutive sixes in an over during a match against England in the 2007 World Twenty20—a feat previously achieved only thrice in senior cricket. Additionally, he holds the record for the fastest fifty in Twenty20 Internationals and was the first player to achieve a 5-wicket haul and score a fifty in the same World Cup match during the 2011 tournament.

In 2011, Yuvraj faced a significant health challenge when he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his lung. Displaying remarkable fortitude, he underwent rigorous chemotherapy treatment in the United States before making a triumphant return to the cricket field.

Recognizing his exceptional contributions to Indian sports, Yuvraj Singh has been honoured with prestigious awards, including the Arjuna Award in 2012 and the Padma Shri in 2014, bestowed upon him by the Government of India.

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As Yuvraj Singh explores the possibility of venturing into politics and contesting the Lok Sabha elections on a BJP ticket, his potential candidacy adds an intriguing dimension to the electoral landscape. If he decides to take the plunge, it would mark a significant transition for the cricketing legend, offering him a new platform to serve the public and contribute to the nation’s development.

First published on: Feb 21, 2024 04:01 PM IST

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