Former India skipper and hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay joined the political bandwagon of the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday, and is set to campaign for them across India.
Pillay now becomes the third Indian hockey player after Dilip Tirkey and Pargat Singh to enter politics. While Tirkey was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Odisha in 2012, Pargat Singh was fielded by the Shiromani Akali Dal from the Jalandhar Cantt in the same year.
With a career spanning across three decades and the country's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1999-2000, Pillay is one of the biggest hockey icon in India. He went on to win the Padma Shri award in 2000 and was also the skipper of the side that won the Asian Games in 2002. In the same year, Pillay also won the player-of-the-tournament in the Champions Trophy in Germany.