New Delhi: With his nomination to become a Rajya Sabha member approved by the President of India, Sachin Tendulkar will on Friday become the first RS member-elect to play an Indian Premier League match.
The former Mumbai Indians' skipper, who is yet to take oath as a Rajya Sabha member, will take the field on Friday against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, and the hosts' skipper Virender Sehwag tweeted that he is looking forward to playing against a member of the Upper House of Parliament. "My first ipl game against a rajya sabha member ;) Hope the weather holds n we get a full game today," Sehwag tweeted.
Tendulkar was offered a Rajya Sabha nomination on Thursday when he met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence. Speculated to be a goodwill visit, the meeting turned out to be a Rajya Sabha nomination for the cricket legend, which he accepted later in the day.
Tendulkar will on Friday become the first RS member-elect to play an Indian Premier League match.
However, Tendulkar's former team-mates and experts commentators on the game were not enthusiastic about the news. Sanjay Manjrekar, commentator and CNN-IBN's cricket expert, said he was "shocked" at the news. "My only fear is that this man is not suited for the kind of role he is being given. Until now, I've seen no sign of that [political acumen in Tendulkar]."
Harsha Bhogle also toed Manjrekar's line. "If the nomination is an honour, I am all for it," he said. "But if it is an attempt at improving [the] governance in India, then he doesn't have the experience."