Gautam Gambhir, one of the most successful openers of the Indian cricket team, made a career in politics after retiring from cricket. But despite this, his love for cricket did not diminish and he remained associated with cricket as a leader. He was seen working as a commentator or as a mentor to the franchise in the Indian Premier League. Despite being a working MP, Gambhir gave a befitting reply when asked about his IPL and commentary.
Gautam Gambhir is a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from the East Delhi constituency. As a politician, the former Indian cricketer has opened a kitchen named ‘Jan Rasoi’ in Gandhi Nagar, which provides food to the people for one rupee. He has also built a library in the area.
During a media conference on BJP’s 8 years in power, Gambhir was asked about his association with the IPL franchise and commentary roles. The cricketer-turned-politician said that he has to work there to continue the welfare work he is doing for the poor.
Rift in Pakistan Cricket! Captain Babar Azam clashed with the chief selector regarding this player in the team
Gautam Gambhir said, “Why do I do commentary or work in IPL because I spend Rs 25 lakh every month to feed 5000 people. This would be around Rs 2.75 crore every year. I have also spent Rs 25 lakh to build the library. I spend all this money from my pocket and not from MPLAD fund. MPLAD fund does not run my kitchen or any other work I do. There is not even a tree in my house from which I can pluck money.
He added, “Just because I work, am I able to feed those 5000 people or set up that library. I am not ashamed to say that I do commentary and work in IPL. This is the ultimate goal of all that I do.