India news May 1, 2012

Nominated because of contribution to sport - Tendulkar

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar has said that his nomination to the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of Parliament, was due to his contribution to sport and no other reason, and affirmed that he would not be trading cricket for politics. His comments, at a function in Pune, came amid a public debate over his nomination.

"I have played cricket for 22 and a half years and I understand that I was nominated because of this reason. I am not a politician," Tendulkar said. "There are many responsibilities on me. I would definitely like to contribute in the field of sports because that is my expertise."

Tendulkar, 39, said he hoped to silence critics who questioned how he could balance his sporting commitments with his duties as an MP. "When you get nominated because of your contribution in your field, it's an honour. I was excited to be nominated. I am a sportsman and will always remain one," Tendulkar said.

He met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on April 26 and was offered one of the 12 seats in the nominated category. He accepted the offer of a nomination, which was then formally approved by the Indian President. "I am not going to enter politics giving up cricket, which is my life. I will continue to play cricket," Tendulkar said.

He is the first sportsman to be nominated in this category, which has no election process. (Former Indian hockey captain Dilip Tirkey, who took oath as a Rajya Sabha in April, was elected.) Previous nominated MPs include the musician Ravi Shankar, the singer Lata Mangeshkar and the artist MF Husain.

His nomination has been criticised on several grounds, chiefly his relative inexperience in public affairs.

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  • vikram on May 3, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Everybody in this world has choice of his career and then it is his responsibility to excel in his chosen field.....This is what Sachin has did, he selected cricket for his career and not even he excelled it but he is as Master Class as no one in this world has done.....But then apart from his career what he do it's none of the business of anyone......And to expect him to solve the every problem of Nation is too much...Altogether I think that expecting all this stuff from the God of Cricket is in itself shows the Faith on Sachin..

  • sowmi on May 3, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Whatever Sachin does he recieves flak nowadays. Give the guy some respect. He is the best batsman of the modern era and has achieved almost everything. People saying that he is selfish and arrogant have no knowledge about the game. Please watch his 2 innings in Sharjah in 1999 and see how he single handedly won us the series against a strong Aussie outfit. India was a terrible team in the 90s and it is because of this man that we achieved whatever we did. Look at how he battled through back spasms in the chennai test to give us a great chance of victory before the tail imploded. People should see how he battled majestically against Steyn in Newlands when the entire team crumbled around him. He has been involved in no scandals controversies, never sledged and has been the epitome of humility. Please give the man some respect in the dying years of his amazing career.

  • Senthil on May 2, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Man who could not show his leadership skills in his profession what going to do in the parliament. Sachin loses some part of his dignity by accepting this political offer.

  • Raja on May 2, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    The most painful line: when he said he continues playing cricket.. huff..

  • omkar on May 2, 2012, 13:32 GMT


    Right on. I can remeber seeing any of those who are attacking Sachinji accorded the same treatment to those you named.

    Sachinji, continue to be the beacon light you are and Jai Hind.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Although a big fan of SRT as a batsman -- I had always been curious about his "thinking as an Indian citizen" -- like what he thinks about India's social issues, the challenges of poverty, opportunities of the youth in sports etc. A seat in the Rajya Sabha is not an honorary "award" .... I am surprised at how naive he is being thinking so .... Despite being around 40 yrs of age he has not given up on his "school-boy" mentality ... everything to him is like coming first in the class and getting a prize for that .. that's how he logically deduces every aspect of his life

  • Rahul on May 2, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar and MF Husain continued to prosper in their respective fields even after accepting Rajya Sabha nomination. No one asked them to retire from their respective fields or accused them of neglecting their art. No one went after them with demand that they use the opportunity to do something for their community, no one asked them weather they are artists or politicians. Then why different yardsticks for different people? As if it is not enough to carry the burden of 1 billion people on his shoulder for long time and serving the nation in a remarkable and blemish free career now Sachin has to deal with all the accusations and sleaze that has been directed at him. Wonder what more the guy has to do for his nation so that we the people will finally cut him some slab.

  • dilruk on May 2, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Shame.......It's End Of Great Cricketer Name..Bad Choice Mr Sachin

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Sachin to retire from Test Cricket only when he plays along with his son.. or probably both of them score 100 together in Test..

    Well same I guess for One Dayers too... he plays 1 is injured for 4...

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Sachin should be ashamed of saying that he is not a politician. Well he was not a born cricketer too nobody is. If he loves his country India then he really should come and join politics if he really want;s to do something good for India

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