Cricketer-turned-commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan made the headlines on Thursday when he joined Bharatiya Janata Party Tamil Nadu. The former right-arm leg spinner is interested to begin his new venture in his career.
This isn’t the first time that a former Indian cricketer joined Politics. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Vinod Kambli, Kirti Azad, Mohammad Azharuddin, Navjot Sidhu, Mohammad Kaif, and Gautam Gambhir turned politicians as well.
Gambhir joined Bharatiya Janata Party on March 22 before the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Earlier, the former Indian opener confessed that he is quite impressed by PM Narendra Modi’s vision for India. Now, the cricketer-turned coach and commentator, Siva joined BJP.
Talking to Mumbai Mirror, the former Indian cricketer made it clear that he is looking at different challenges in his life. He said he couldn’t be happier to work for the development of Chennai and Tamil Nadu.
Time to give something back to society: Sivaramakrishnan
Born in Tamil Nadu, Sivaramakrishnan echoed that after being connected to the sport for over 40 years, he feels that time has come for him to give it back to the society in the need of the hour.
“I have played cricket for 20 years and done commentary/coaching for another 20 years. It’s been 40 years with the game I love. Now I am looking at different challenges in life. Chennai, my city, and Tamil Nadu, my state are my top priorities and I want to work for the development of my city and the state,” the former Indian cricketer said in a statement to the Mumbai Mirror.
The 55-year-old admitted that he didn’t have a bright cricketing career. Although he couldn’t meet the expectations of fans as a cricketer, he wants to deliver amends in politics. Siva conceded that he wouldn’t disappoint in his second innings.
“I know I could not do justice to my talent and expectations of my fans as a cricketer. Will fulfill that commitment in politics. I want to work for the best of my ability for the party, state, country, and people. I will not disappoint them in my second innings,” he added in a statement.
Sivaramakrishnan’s rise to glory
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan represented the Indian cricket team in 9 Tests and 16 ODIs. He might not have played many games for the country but he gave his best when it mattered the most.
He hogged the limelight in 1984-85 when he won a significant Test match for India. He registered a staggering 12/181 against England in Bombay. He ended the series with the most wickets – 23 and deservedly earned the man of the series.
Overall, he took 26 wickets in Tests and 15 wickets in ODIs. The former leg spinner took 3 five-wicket hauls and one 10 wicket-haul in the longest format of the game.
Interestingly, he became the youngest cricketer to play Test for Team India when he made his debut versus West Indies at 17 years and 188 days. He kick-started his commentary career in a Test match between India and Bangladesh on 12 November 2000.