Citizen first, cricketer second: Cheteshwar Pujara takes time off hectic IPL to cast vote

Back in the country for the second-leg of the Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab's Cheteshwar Pujara flew to his hometown - Rajkot - just so that he could cast his vote in the General Assembly elections.

Updated: April 30, 2014 15:24 IST
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Rajot: Kings XI Punjab batsman Cheteshwar Pujara took time out from his hectic IPL schedule to cast his vote here on Wednesday.

Pujara, who scored 10 in Punjab's five-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 28 - their last game of the UAE leg, flew back to his hometown to exercise his franchise in what is said to be a historic Lok Sabha election.

Rajkot city and the state Election Commission had roped in Pujara, 26, as both its "icon" and "brand ambassador" for the parliamentary polls in the district.

Rajkot District Collector Rajendra Kumar said he is proud that Pujara flew back home just to cast his vote and inspire others to vote.

"It is everyone's duty to vote for our new government and I also urge young and old alike to spare their valuable time and go for voting," Pujara along with his wife told reporters after voting.

Rajkot district administration is hopeful that Pujara's appeal will motivate voters to come out in large numbers.

The Saurashtra opener is expected to join his Punjab mates in Mumbai where the team is slated to take on Mumbai Indians on May 3.

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