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Mar 21, 2009 at 05:46pm IST

Ex-cricketer Madan Lal pads up for Congress

New Delhi: Former Indian all-rounder Madan Lal on Saturday joined Congress saying he will do "both bowling and batting" for the party.

The ace cricketer, who was part of the World Cup winning squad of 1983, said his family has been a supporter of Congress for a long time and so was he.

"I want to do social service and this is why I have joined polictics," he said.

A NEW INNINGS: Madan Lal will contest elections from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh.

Asked whether he will bowl, bat or field for the party in the elections, the 58-year-old cricketer-turned-poitician said, "I will do both bowling and batting."

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said while "Madan Lal Sharma will bat and bowl, BJP will do the fielding."

Madan Lal will contest Lok Sabha elections from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh.