He represented India in cricket for 12 years and analysed international matches on news channels. Chetan Sharma (42) will now be seen in a new avatar.
After an illustrious cricketing career, Sharma is getting ready to debut in khadi.
He will be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Faridabad on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket. He said that he had been contemplating politics for a long time and finally joined the BSP in September 2008.
“I played for India for a long time. After I left cricket, I wanted to do something for my country but I was not sure that whether I was mature enough to join politics and be able to deliver. But my wife encouraged me and said that every thing is achievable if I have the conviction for it,” the former cricketer, who represented the country in 23 Tests and 71 ODIs said.
He had followed the BSP for 6-7 months and was impressed by its development works in Uttar Pradesh.
“There is no infrastructure for industries to run, no body speaks on behalf of thousands of people in Hatheen area who do not get potable water, no one has ever bothered to spend even a penny to improve roads. These are the issues I will take up,” said Sharma, remembered for the first hat-trick in the World Cup and for being hit for a six by Javed Minadad on the last ball of the innings.
“My first priority now is the people of my area and the party which has reposed faith in me. Cricket shows come later,” he said.
Comparing Mayawati to Kapil Dev, Sharma said: “The way Kapil paaji used to help me on the cricket field, Behenji is very encouraging and ready to help me in whatever way possible in the elections.”