Former Karnataka and Team India fast bowler, Dodda Ganesh, has entered politics in his home city of Bangalore. Doddanarasiah Ganesh played 4 Tests in which he took 5 wickets and played one ODI in which he took a wicket. Although he did not have many outings for India, he was a consistent performer for Karnataka. He scored over 2000 runs for Karnataka, including a century. He also took 365 scalps while playing for Karnataka.
After announcing his retirement from first class cricket in June 2007 (read this nice article on Dodda Ganesh on CricInfo by Sreeram Veera), Dodda Ganesh has joined the Janata Dal Secular (JD-S) party in Karnataka. Dodda Ganesh announced his intentions after meeting former India Prime Minister and JD-S President, Deve Gowda, along with Mohammed Azharuddin. This raised speculations that Azharuddin too would enter the political arena — only to be quashed!