All eyes Tendulkar as cricketer goes to Parliament

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NEW DELHI (AP) -- Over two decades and more, Sachin Tendulkar has got used to carrying the burden of a billion hopes each time he has walked out to bat. Now he faces an altogether different challenge: proving himself as a capable lawmaker.

President Pratibha Patil has approved his nomination to the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of Parliament, meaning Tendulkar will become the first athlete to take a seat there when he takes oath in the coming days.

It will also be a rare case of an active player going to Parliament.

Though the Indian cricket fraternity welcomed his nomination in general, some feared he may not be able to do much and could end up as a tool for politicians.