Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev has come out in assist of Indian American Puneet Ahluwalia, who’s within the race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
The Republican social gathering is slated to choose its nominee for the Lieutenant Governor at a hybrid conference on May 8.
“Wishing all the luck,” Kapil Dev mentioned in a video posted on Facebook.
“I hope, I can come and help you,” he mentioned within the video.
A profitable businessman, Mr Ahluwalia, if elected, can be the primary Indian American to be elected to a excessive place within the state of Virginia.
“Thank you to my friend Kapil Dev, one of the greatest cricket players ever, for these kind words of support,” Mr Ahluwalia, 55, mentioned.
Delhi-born Mr Ahluwalia migrated to the US in 1990. His spouse Nadia is initially from Afghanistan.
The temporary video of assist from Kapil Dev is predicted to improve Mr Ahluwalia’s marketing campaign in Virginia, which over the previous one decade has seen a speedy growth of Indian Americans, and in addition these from different cricket-loving South Asian nations together with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, particularly in townships across the Washington DC space.
Virginia, notably, additionally has plenty of native cricket golf equipment.
In 2010, Virginia ranked seventh by way of variety of Indian Americans in a US state. In 2019, in response to University of Virginia estimates, there have been greater than half 1,000,000 Asian Americans within the state.