Tendulkar: From cricket to politics

Published 7:05 AM ET, Wed May 2, 2012
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Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to the Indian parliament has drawn mixed reactions across the country. The Times of India said it makes "little sense," while many lawmakers welcomed the celebrated batsman to their ranks. AFP/Getty Images
Tendulkar cemented his place in history when in March he became the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries. The 39-year-old insists cricket will remain his priority, adding: "I have been nominated because I am a sportsman and not a politician." AFP/Getty Images
Tendulkar's supporters held a hunger strike on April 24, demanding the government award him India's highest civilian award. Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju hit back, arguing that giving the Bharat Ratna to cricketers and film stars who have "no social relevance" makes a mockery of the prize. AFP/Getty Images
Tendulkar, pictured with his wife Anjali, was honored at the "Real Heroes Awards" ceremony in Mumbai in March, run by the Reliance Foundation and CNN affiliate broadcaster CNN-IBN. AFP/Getty Images