The veteran Bengal all-rounder and former Indian player Laxmi Ratan Shukla is all ready for the second innings of his life and this time, he is going political. Yes, he will contest assembly election of Bengal next month. He is fully geared up for the next challenge and is ready to take on the opponent but this time outside the playing field.
The veteran who had a short-lived international career is not the first cricketer to have joined politics as many other cricketers like Chetan Chauhan, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Kirti Azad have already tasted the success in this field. It will be interesting to see the results of the election and popularity of Laxmi Ratan Shukla.
On one hand when cricketers will be sweating it out in IPL in the month of April- May, this Bengal veteran will be tested outside the field. The cricketers of Bengal share a good relation with C.M. of Bengal as we have always seen Manoj Tiwary, Laxmi Shukla and other cricketers of Bengal sharing a stage with the C.M. of Bengal.
In India where the general public hardly knows anything about domestic cricketers, Bengal is an unique state as the government promotes the interest of the domestic cricketers too.
It will be the first time that Shukla will be contesting elections. The veteran all-rounder has carried the responsibility of the Bengal side on his shoulders for many years and under his captaincy, Bengal won the Vijay Hazare trophy of 2011/12.
One of the gallant moment of his career was when he scored a match-winning century in the final match of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2011/12. The former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was also playing the match.
Shukla played 3 One Day Internationals in his career and scored 18 runs and could just grab 1 wicket. He enjoyed much success in domestic cricket and played 137 first class games, scored 6217 runs along with 172 wickets in his account. He also played 141 List A games scored 2997 runs and pouched 143 wickets. He made 81 appearances in the shortest format of the game and went on to score 994 runs along with 47 wickets. He played IPL for Kolkata knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Here are few cricketers who have joined politics after their career-
1. Sachin Tendulkar is the only player who joined politics while he was still an active cricketer.
2. Chetan Chauhan ( Former M.P.)
3. Kirti Azad (M.P.)
4. Navjot Singh Sidhu (Former M.P.)
5. Mohammad Kaif ( lost election)
6. Mohammad Azharuddin (former M.P.)
Administrators who have joined politics-
1. This list includes the most popular name in India, he is currently our P.M. Mr. Narendra Modi, he was the president of Gujarat Cricket association for many years.
2. Farooq Abdullah(former C.M. and M.P.)
3. Jyotiraditya Scindia (M.P.)
4. G Ganga Raju (M.P.)
5. Arun Jaitely (M.P.)
6. Rajiv Shukla (M.P.)
7. Sharad Pawar (former C.M. and now M.P.)
8. Anurag Thakur (M.P.)