Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin became the latest cricketer to take the plunge into politics on Thursday when he joined the Congress party.
The stylish Hyderabadi batsman began his innings with the following observation: `I am happy to join the Congress but I cannot decide from where I will contest the elections as now I am not the captain. Iâ here to help the Congress and I have to do good work for the people and for the party.`
As we all wait to see how this `man of destiny` fares in his latest avatar, a look at some of the more prominent cricketers-turned-politicians of our times.
Image: Azharuddin, left, waves to the media after announcing his decision to join politics as senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily looks on in New Delhi.
Text: Anant Gaundalkar
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