Vice president Hamid Ansari poses for a photograph with Sachin Tendulkar during a swearing-in ceremony at Parliament House in New Delhi.
Sachin Tendulkar being honoured with a shawl by members of Parliament during the swearing-in ceremony at Parliament House in New Delhi.
Yorkshire batsman Sachin Tendulkar prior to their Benson and Hedges Cup match against Kent at Headingley in Leeds, 30th April 1992. Kent won by 70 ...
Sachin Tendulkar arrives in Parliament in New Delhi. AFP/Prakash Singh
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar signs after taking oath as Rajya Sabha MP at Parliament House in New Delhi.
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar with vice president Hamid Ansari after taking oath as member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) at Parliament House in New Delhi.
Vice president Mohammad Hamid Ansari administers oath to Sachin Tendulkar as member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in a swearing-in ceremony at Parliament House, New Delhi.
Sachin Tendulkar arrives in Parliament with his wife Anjali Tendulkar in New Delhi. AFP/Prakash Singh
Sachin Tendulkar speaks to the media after being sworn-in as Rajya Sabha MP in New Delhi. HT/Sunil Saxena
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar reacts after becoming a member of the Upper House of Parliament in New Delhi. HT/Sunil Saxena
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Monday took oath as a Rajya Sabha member and said he was now in a better position not only to help cricket but other sports as well.
Nominated to Rajya Sabha on April 27, Sachin took oath in the chamber of Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari. He took his oath in Hindi.
"It is a great honour to be nominated a Rajya Sabha member and I thank all for showing faith in me and bestowing this honour," Sachin told reporters later.
"I believe in the last 22 years of international cricket I have played, cricket has given me so many things in life...
"I always have this dream of giving back to cricket... I strongly believe whatever I am today is because of cricket," he said.
Sachin said as a Rajya Sabha member, he would be in a better position not only to help cricket but other sports.
"I believe there might be a few obstacles and challenges, and I need help from my fellow parliamentarians, the administrators, media and our countrymen. I think together we can make lot of changes," he said.
"I will be happy if I am remembered as someone who contributed to all sports rather than just to cricket statistics. That will be fantastic," he said.
Will he get enough time to devote to Parliament?
Sachin replied: "I am a nominee, and I did not go to anyone saying I want to become a Rajya Sabha member. It is an honour which I accept with full respect.
"I am here because of my cricketing career and I cannot take any focus away from cricket because that is where it all started for me.
"My focus will be on cricket. As and when there is time in between, I will look at other things and see how I can help and bringing whatever changes not (just) in cricket but other sports (too)," he added.
His wife Anjali was on his side as he took the oath.
Present on the occasion were minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Shukla and minister of state in Prime Minister's Office V Narayanaswamy.
President Pratibha Patil nominated the cricket legend to Rajya Sabha along with Bollywood actor Rekha and businesswoman Anu Aga.