Bangalore, Jun 23: For more than 20 years, on a cricket field and off it, Sachin Tendulkar has been a gentleman. He is not the one to be pulled up for bad behaviour. Now, the new Member of Parliament, has said he would not indulge in any kind of shouting in the Rajya Sabha and would always put his point across in a polite way, as he is known for.
Speaking to NDTV English news channel on Friday, the Master Blaster said he hoped people won't make him shout in the Upper House.
Tendulkar, recently took oath as an MP. He was nominated for his achievement in cricket, by the President of India. He became the first active sportsperson in the country to be sworn in as an MP.
Tendulkar was asked would it be difficult for a soft-spoken man like him to out shout the other in the Parliament. Tendulkar's reply was, "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."
The 39-year-old batsman, who completed a world record 100 international tons during the Asia Cup tournament in March, said his focus at the moment is only cricket and nothing else. Tendulkar's list of records are amazing.
"I haven't planned anything right now, because I feel that when I'm focusing on cricket and when I'm playing active, competitive cricket, then my focus and concentration should be on cricket and nothing else. Whenever I plan to do whatever, you know, well when the appropriate time is there I will take that step. But at this moment it is cricket," Tendulkar said.
He added that his passion for the game, even after 23 years, is "alive." "Haven't thought really. You know, passion is very much there, I don't how one can keep it alive. It's there. I mean I don't have to work hard for it. I love the sport and you know, it's very much there within me. I've not had to work hard and follow certain routines so that my passion stays alive. It's been there."