Cricket pitch to parliament: Sachin Tendulkar's political move

Story highlights

  • Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been nominated to join India's parliament
  • The selection has drawn mixed reactions, with the Times of India saying it "makes little sense"
  • At the same time, many lawmakers welcomed the celebrated batsman
  • Tendulkar, the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries, insists sport is priority
From the boisterous crowds of stadia to a noisy assembly of mostly politicians, India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar faces a new test.
On the website of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, the 39-year-old is now listed as one of its nominated members.
"When you get nominated because of your contribution in your field, it's an honor," Tendulkar said at an event in Pune, western India on Tuesday.
The sporting icon's surprise selection to the house of elders has drawn a mixed reaction in India, where cricket and politics are often seen as the opium of the masses.
"Nominating Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha may be a populist move, but it makes little sense," wrote the Times of India newspaper in a comment last week.
The editorial was posted under a page-one headline "God has a new House" that announced the naming of the revered cricketer to the national assembly.