Former Indian cricketer and World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir continues to be associated with cricket and the Indian Premier League despite being a full-time politician now. While he is an MP from the Bhartiya Janata Party for the East Delhi Constituency, he continues to be a part of the game in some manner of the other. Time and again, the former cricketer has been questioned for the same.
Recently, during a presser over BJP’s 8 years in power, Gambhir gave a befitting reply to his critics after he was asked why he works in the Indian Premier League (IPL) despite working as the an MP from the BJP.
Gautam Gambhir Gave a Fitting Reply To His Critics
Gambhir explained that he needs to take up those jobs in order to continue the welfare work that he has been doing for the ones in need. Speaking about the same, Gambhir said:
“Why I commentate in IPL or work in it is because I spend INR 25 lakh every month to feed 5000 people. This translates to roughly 2.75 crores per year. I’ve also spent INR 25 lakh to build a library.”
He added: “I spend all of this money from my own pocket and not from the MPLAD fund. The MPLAD fund doesn’t run my kitchen or other things that I do. I don’t have a tree in my house from where I can pluck money either,”
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Further, Gambhir said that everything that he has been doing is for the welfare of the people and that he has no shame in admitting that he is associated with an IPL franchise since his goal is to help others in need. He said:
“Only because I work, am I able to feed those 5000 people or establish that library. I have no shame in saying that I do commentary and work in the IPL. All of this that I do has an ultimate goal,”
Gautam Gambhir’s Stint In IPL 2026
Talking about Gambhir’s latest stint in IPL, ahead of the recently-concluded 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League, he joined one of the two new franchises – Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) as a mentor. The team had a stellar season as they finished in 3rd place and qualified for the Eliminator before they were defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore.