Sachin Tendulkar has been sworn in as a member of the upper house of parliament (Rajya Sabha) on Monday after being nominated by the UPA government on April 26.
39-year-old Tendulkar, who was accompanied by his wife Anjali, took oath in the chamber of Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari. He will be the first active sportsman to serve in the house
Tendulkar is the world’s highest run-scorer in both Test and one-day cricket and in March became the first batsman to complete 100 international centuries — 51 in Tests and 49 in one-dayers. He shows no sign of retiring from cricket in the near future.
“I believe the president has chosen me after recognising what I have done for over 22 years,” he said after he was nominated. “Cricket is my expertise. I would like to contribute to that field. I am a sportsman and I will always be a sportsman.”