September 13, 2009

Indian cricket

Kambli joins politics

Nishi Narayanan
Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar on the eve of the Irani Trophy match between Mumbai and Rest of India, September 17, 2003
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While most cricketers turn to commentary, coaching or the game’s administration following their retirement, there are some who look to serve the people.

Vinod Kambli, the former Indian batsman, is going to contest the state elections from Mumbai, following in the footsteps of Mohammad Azharuddin, Navjot Sidhu and Kirti Azad.

Kambli will contest from Vikhroli constituency, a suburb of Mumbai, for the Lokbharati Party, one of 21 parties to form the Third Front in Maharashtra. He attended a rally at Shivaji Park, where he played as a youngster before joining the Indian team. "This is the same ground where I practised day and night to get an entry into the Indian cricket team. Now, I am launching my political career from here and will definitely hit fours and sixes in the field of politics,'' Kambli said.

Kambli recently announced his retirement from first-class cricket. After the end of his international career, he also tried his hand at acting and featured in some television series.

Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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