Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Monday became India's first active sportsperson to be sworn in as a member of parliament.
In a surprising move, the world's highest Test run-scorer was nominated to the upper house, the Rajya Sabha, along with film personality Rekha and industrialist Anu Aga in April this year.
"In the last 22 years of my international career, cricket has given me so much," said the 39-year-old batsman after taking oath in vice president Hamid Ansari's office.
"Today with the nomination, I am in a better position not only to help cricket but also other sports," he added.
In Image: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar taking oath as Rajya Sabha member in presence of Vice President Hamid Ansari and other dignitaries at Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday.