Kirtivardhan Bhagwat Jha Azad or Kirti Azad is a former Indian Cricketer turned politician. He was born on the 2nd of January 1959 in Darbhanga, Bihar. He is the son of former Chief Minister of Bihar Bhagwat Jha Azad. Azad was an aggressive right-handed batsman and an off-spinner. He started his career with India’s tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1980-1981. He made his Test debut in Wellington, New Zealand. He was also part of the 1983 World Cup where India won the series.
He played about 7 Test Cricket matches and 25 One Day Internationals for the Indian Cricket Team between 1980 to 1986. He is married to Poonam. And they also have two sons. The elder son is Suryavardhan he played for Delhi U-17, U-19, and U-22 cricket teams.
And his younger son Somyavardhan played for Delhi U-15 and U-17. His wife Poonam joined Aam Aadmi Party in the year 2016. Later she quit Aam Aadmi Party and joined the Indian National Congress in the year 2017. After Cricket he joined Politics. He was elected to Parliament through Bharatiya Janta Party from Dharbanga, Bihar. He was an MLA before from Delhi’s Gole Market constituency. He won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. From then he is serving his third term now in Lok Sabha.
He got suspended from Bharatiya Janata Party in the year 2015. As he openly targeted Union Finance Minister
. Then Azad joined the Indian National Congress in 2019. In the recent 2019 elections, he lost the General Election from Dhanbad Constituency against the opponent Pashupathi Nath Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party with a margin of 4.8 Lakh votes.