I’m not joining politics: Sachin
Pune: In the backdrop of his nomination to the Rajya Sabha, Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday made it clear that he has no intention of joining politics.
“I am not a politician. I am a sportsman and will always remain one. I am not going to enter politics giving up cricket, which is my life. I will continue to play cricket,” he said, during a felicitation function by a private firm for scoring his 100th international ton.
Tendulkar’s acceptance of the Rajya Sabha membership has evoked a mixed reaction amongst sportspersons and politicians.
While many have hailed the government’s decision to honour him, there were others who raised doubts on whether the champion batsman can find time and contribute to the Rajya Sabha.
Tendulkar acknowledged that the honour bestowed on him was for his contribution to the field of cricket. “I believe the President has chosen me after recognising what I have done for over 22 years,” he said.
“Cricket is my expertise. I would like to contribute to that field. I am a sportsman and I will always be a sportsman,” said Tendulkar who is the highest run getter in international cricket.