Sachin Tendulkar: Great cricketer but terrible parliamentarian

The cricketer-turned-politician has time and again faced the ire for his 'knock' in the upper house of Parliament.

People may criticise his skills on the field but one cannot deny the immense contribution that Sachin Tendulkar has made to Indian cricket.

Owing to his achievements, the Bharat Ratna awardee was nominated for Rajya Sabha membership in 2012. However, the cricketer-turned-politician has since then been facing the ire for his ‘knock’ in the upper house of Parliament.

He holds an abysmal attendance record of just seven per cent. Members across party lines have often termed Sachin’s absence as “disrespect to House and nation”.

In the four years of his career as a parliamentarian, he has never participated in any debate in the house.

He asked his first question in December 2015, three years after his nomination to the house.

Having sports as compulsory subject, employment for ex-sportspersons, user-friendly railway stations for physically challenged and senior citizens are few of the 14 questions he has raised in the house so far.