New Delhi, Jun 5: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said Sachin Tendulkar should not restrict himself to sports issues during his new innings in the Indian Parliament but should also help and work for other common problems.
Gavaskar said Tendulkar should take the responsibility to raise issues which are not just related to sports.
"I think, in my view he should not limit himself to just sports. It is a tremendous opportunity, tremendous platform to express on all matters what he and his generation thinks, should be done to take the nation forward," Gavaskar said.
"How he looks upon this, it up to him. But as I said, it is a tremendous platform, if he can use it to help India grow as a nation, that would be terrific," the batting great said.
Suggesting how Tendulkar should go about his new role, the batting legend said he should start off with issues relating to sports and then venture into other aspects. Gavaskar further said the Master Blaster is capable of bringing a change in the common man's life.
"If you have people with integrity and credibility that Sachin has, his joining public life is good for country. I hope Sachin plays his innings in Rajya Sabha, like he plays in Test match, starting with V and later expand shots.
"He can start with looking at sports angles and expand himself and then take it beyond sports, what is connected with the common man and what makes common man happier. When Sachin talks everybody listen. That's a responsibility, and he has the capability to do it," Gavaskar told a news television channel.
Gavaskar was sure that Tendulkar's nomination has nothing to do with politics.
"As he clarified he did not go to any party, he was nominated for his outstanding achievements in the field of cricket. I don't think he should be too much into anything other than that," he said.