File photo of India batsman Sachin Tendulkar. (AFP)
New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar has put the reports of joining politics to bed, saying that he has "no intention of joining politics or being part of any political rally," The New Indian Express reported on Tuesday.
There have been media reports over the past few days suggesting that after his retirement, Tendulkar will be part of Congress's campaign for Assembly Elections in Madhya Pradesh. The master India batsman will retire following his 200th Test in Mumbai from Nov 14-18 against the touring West Indies team.
But according to The New Indian Express, Tendulkar has sent text messages to his friends denying the reports. "Even after I retire from cricket, I have no intention of joining politics or being part of any political rally or campaign because my father wanted me to stay away from politics," he said in his message.
The newspaper also quoted a person close to Tendulkar as saying that he won't risk anything that could damage his clean image. "It's not just his numerous records, but also his spotless reputation and behaviour in public life that are so well-liked. After enjoying such a reputation, why would Tendulkar give it all away by joining politics, where there is a controversy at every turn?" the person said.