World Cup-winning Team India Cricketer Gautam Gambhir finally took the political plunge on Friday, joining the BJP.
Gambhir was inducted into the party by union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad.
In his remarks, Gambhir credited PM Narendra Modi's vision for having an influence on his decision to join the party.
This development comes a day after BJP released its first set of 184 candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, in January, Gambhir, one of the most outspoken, animated and politically expressive cricketer shared his willingness to join politics to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami. During the interview, the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup-winner said that while he hadn't given the matter much of a thought, he would be willing to step into the (political) field if the people of this country desire so.
"If people think that I'm good enough, and if I believe that I can make a change in this country, and if I feel that strongly and if I have the energy, I will definitely do something for the country to make it a better place. I will make sure that I do everything possible in my own capacity, and if you all (people of this country) believe that I should get into it (politics), I'll definitely give it a thought," responded Gambhir when asked if he should begin a political career.