Former India cricketer Sivaramakrishnan joins BJP ahead of assembly elections
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has been closely associated with the game of cricket for 40 years. He played cricket for 2 decades and then started his venture as a commentator and coach for another 2 decades. After being connected with the sport for these many years, the 55-year-old is looking at different challenges in life.
The cricketer-turned-commentator has joined BJP ahead of assembly elections and will be extending his full support to Chennai and Tamil Nadu. He also added saying that he wants to work for the development of his city and the state.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, the veteran added that he couldn’t meet the expectations of fans as a cricketer but clarified that he wouldn’t disappoint the fans as a politician in the second innings of his career.
He was once the youngest cricketer to play the longest format of the game for Team India. He was a specialist leg-spinner by trait when he made his Test debut at the age of 17 years and 118 days. He was also a member of the 1985 Championship of Cricket-winning team.
He might not have represented the team for many games but he made his presence count when it mattered the most. Having represented India in 9 Tests and 16 ODIs, he took 26 wickets and 15 wickets respectively. After calling it quits from the sport, he announced his arrival as a commentator. Even today, he is widely regarded as one of the best commentators.
The 55-year-old commentator said: “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.”
“I know I could not do justice to my talent and expectations of my fans as a cricketer. I will fulfil 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.”
Sivaramakrishnan was a fantastic performer in the World Championship of Cricket wherein he bagged 10 wickets, which is most by any bowler in the tournament.
As far as domestic cricket is concerned, he was involved in the Ranji Trophy side that clinched the tournament in the 1987/88 season. He took 154 wickets in 76 first-class matches. Coming to 33 List A matches, Sivaramakrishnan accounted for 37 dismissals.