Tendulkar was on Thursday nominated by the government to the House of Elders. However, most of his fans did not like Tendulkar's decision to become a Member of Parliament.
Mumbai Indians captain and Tendulkar's long-time India team-mate Harbhajan though felt “proud” about this honour to the iconic batsman.
“Proud that Sachin is getting the honour. He deserves much more than that. May God bless him always,” Harbhajan said here.
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar had expressed shock over Tendulkar's nomination to RS.
“Actually shocked by the story itself. First by the nomination as it came without any warning. And that Sachin has accepted it is even more shocking,’’ Manjrekar said.
“When I visualise what Sachin could possibly do after retirement, I thought something connected to cricket, coaching and all that, may be some business or social activity. But Rajya Sabha MP after retirement or even at this stage of the career is something that was not even in my wildest guess,” Manjrekar added.
Tendulkar is the first active cricketer to become an MP. The 39-year-old is yet to make a public statement after the RS nomination.