Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has broken his silence regarding the controversy shrouding his Rajya Sabha nomination. Tendulkar said that he considered his Rajya Sabha nomination as an honour, but will not step into politics. He said he would continue to serve the cricket arena.
Tendulkar ruled out any possibility of entering politics. “At the time my name was nominated, I was told there would be many responsibilities, but the appreciation and awards that I have received are because of cricket. I won’t stop playing cricket and enter politics. Cricket is my life,” said Sachin. Regarding the kind of role he will have to don in the Rajya Sabha, Sachin said, “I will do whatever I can for sportsmen. I would certainly want to contribute and I need your support.”
“I want to make it clear that I am not a politician. I am a sportsperson and will continue to be one. I have been nominated after playing cricket for more than 22 years. It is an honour for me,” said Tendulkar at a ceremony, where the batsman was felicitated for his feat of scoring 100 international centuries.
For Sachin Tendulkar, the Rajya Sabha nomination is nothing less than a complete honour. “Whenever the honourable President nominates your name, it’s an honour. The nomination is for a person’s contribution to a field and it is a reflection of that,” said Sachin observing that similar honour has been conferred on doyen of Indian film industry Prithviraj Kapoor and Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar, for their outstanding contributions in respective fields.
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