Veteran batsman Manoj Tiwary on Wednesday (February 24) announced that he is joining politics. The 35-year-old has joined the All India Trinamool Congress, popularly called TMC, which currently the ruling party in West Bengal.
Tiwary took to Twitter to announce the news. His decision to join TMC has come just days before the elections in Bengal and it won’t be surprising if he contests the election.
Calling it a new journey, Tiwary, who last played for India in 2015, asked his fans and well-wishers for their love and support and also shared the link of his ‘political profile’ on Instagram.
“A new journey begins from today. Need all your love & support. From now onwards this will be my political profile on Instagram,” Manoj Tiwary wrote on Twitter.
Tiwary, however, is not the first cricketer to join politics. In 2019, former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir, who shared the dressing room with Tiwary, had joined the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and won the Lok Sabha seat from East Delhi.
Before Gambhir, several former cricketers such as Mohammad Azharuddin, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Kirti Azad, and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi had also joined politics.
Moreover, Tiwary’s Bengal teammate Laxmi Ratan Shukla had stepped down as Bengal’s minister of state for sports and youth affairs and TMC Howrah (Sadar) president.
It will be interesting to see how Tiwary’s political career unfolds. He featured in in 12 ODIs and 3 T20Is for Team India, scoring a total of 302 runs with the help of 1 century and one fifty.
As far his Domestic career is concerned, has played 125 first-class games and has scored nearly 9,000 runs with the help of 27 centuries and 37 fifties. He also has a triple hundred to his name (303 vs Hyderabad).