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Cricket

Won't shout in Rajya Sabha to express my view: Tendulkar
PTI
New Delhi, June 23, 2012
First Published: 19:31 IST(22/6/2012)
Last Updated: 18:00 IST(23/6/2012)
Vice president Hamid Ansari poses for a photograph with Sachin Tendulkar during a swearing-in ceremony at Parliament House in New Delhi.

Known as a person of few words whose cricket bat does all the talking, Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that he would not indulge in shouting in the Rajya Sabha as he would put his point across in a polite way.

Tendulkar, who recently took oath as a Rajya Sabha member, said that he would express his views politely and not indulge in shouting to make his point, a practice adopted by many parliamentarians these days.

"No I don't think I need to shout and I hope, you know, that no one will make me shout. Why should one be shouting? You can politely put your point across and say whatever you have to, and then, whatever happens, happens," Tendulkar told NDTV.

The batting great was recently nominated to the Rajya Sabha for his achievement in cricket.

Tendulkar had words of encouragement for the Indian contingent for next month's London Olympics, saying that they should give their best shot to bring laurels for the country.

"I pray to God that they get all the strength and that they go out there and perform and express themselves, and all I can say is just enjoy yourselves and the rest will follow. They've really worked hard for a number of years now and yes, the expectations are there, but who wants to go there and fail?" he asked.

"They are all going out there to give their best and get medals for India and more the better. So, all the very best and whether you bring back medals or not, what matters is your effort and we are very proud of you," said Tendulkar, the world's highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs.

The senior Indian batsman was not in favour of direct introduction of day-night Tests but said that it should be first trialled in first class cricket.

"I think it's not as easy as it seems. As long as you're sure of the ball retaining its colour and it's being picked by the batters, then you can try it out.

"But I wouldn't straightaway go to Test cricket. Why not first try it out in first class cricket and get response from the players all across the world, not just a few countries, but all across the world and then take that step forward," he said.

A die-hard Roger Federer fan, Tendulkar said that the Swiss tennis master can win another Grand Slam title.

"I think a great player will always be a great player. Class is permanent. Form can be down, you know, there can be dips. Yes, I think he can (win another Grand Slam), for sure."


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