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Sachin, who is a self-proclaimed Mark Knopfler fan, met the British guitarist at a Mumbai hotel in 2005.

 

New Delhi: Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been offered a free five-bedroom house in the centre of New Delhi as a perk of his new post as a member of parliament, reports said on Friday.

Tendulkar, already a multi-millionaire due to his sporting success and lucrative sponsorship deals, was sworn into the upper house earlier this week, claiming a seat reserved for distinguished figures in Indian public life.

He has been offered a colonial-era bungalow with large lawns on one of the smartest streets in the capital, the Press Trust of India agency reported, adding he would be provided with 24-hour security and two escort vehicles.

“He has been allotted (a) bungalow allotted mostly to ministers and senior MPs,” an unnamed official told the Times of India on Friday, though he said it was unclear whether Tendulkar would accept the free accommodation.

The paper said the house had five bedrooms and would be renovated before the next parliamentary session begins in about one month.

Tendulkar, who is worshipped by millions of avid cricket fans across India, is the first active sportsman to be nominated for the upper house.

The appointment attracted some criticism from the press and opposition lawmakers who described it as a crass populist move by a struggling government.

Tendulkar, 39, no longer plays international Twenty20 cricket but is still one of the world’s leading one-day international and Test match players and competed in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

He has previously been careful to steer clear of politics and when he was sworn in on Monday he said that he would continue to concentrate on his playing career.

It remains unclear how involved he will become in parliament after his retirement.

 

Gautam’s the finest captain: SRK

After four years of disappointments, Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner Shah Rukh Khan finally tasted the sweet taste of victory. His team clinched the title against the Chennai Super Kings under thrilling circumstances and ensured that the franchise’s trophy cabinet got a noteworthy centrepiece. The Bollywood icon was at his motivating best in the stands; and once Manoj Tiwary hit the winning runs, there was delirium in the KKR camp. The joy of winning the IPL is unparalleled and King Khan experienced the feeling that he’d been craving for a while.

Sachin Tendulkar on Monday began a new innings as member of parliament, but fumbled while taking oath in front of vice-president Hamid Ansari. Tendulkar had the option of taking oath in English, Hindi or Marathi. He chose Hindi.

The Master Blaster struggled to read the section that stated: “…that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India.” He began his oath well with the lines “…Mein Bharat ki prabhota aur akhandta…” but then halted before completing the sentence by saying “akhshun rakhunga.” According to the oath, he should have said “akhandta rakhunga” (will uphold), but he got confused with the words “akhandta” and “akshun.”

Tendulkar, who became the first active sportsperson to enter Parliament, told reporters that he would like to be remembered as someone who contributed to the country and not as someone with great cricket statistics. “I will be happy if I’m remembered as someone who contributed towards sports in India. That would be fantastic.

“In the last 22 years of my international career, cricket has given me so much. Today with the nomination, I am in a better position not only to help cricket but also other sports,” he said while pointing out that he may face a few obstacles along the way.

“It is here that I will need help from my fellow parliamentarians, the administrators, the media and our countrymen. Together we can make a lot of changes,” he added.

“I did not go to anyone asking to be a Rajya Sabha member. It is an honour and I accept that with respect. However, I am here because of cricket. I cannot take focus away from cricket because that’s where it all began for me,” said Tendulkar after he was asked how he would take time out for Parliament from his busy cricket schedule.

“I will focus on cricket and as and when I stop playing, I will look at other things and see how I can help,” he added.

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