Sachin Tendulkar has been announced as the national icon for raising voter awareness by the Election Commission of India and has signed a three-year MOU
Sachin Tendulkar during IND vs WI in 2013 (Image: BCCI)
ODI World Cup winner and former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who finished his international cricket career in 2013 is now ready to start the second innings of his life. The ‘Master Blaster’ has been roped in by the Election Commission of India as their national icon to raise voter awareness and education. The former India cricketer who played 200 Test matches for team India has amassed a total of 100 international tons across two different formats of the game. During his legendary career, the right-handed batsman has made various records that are certainly not easy to break
3 things you need to know:
- Sachin signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the ECI
- Sachin is the first and the only batsman to have 100 international centuries to his name
- Tendulkar is the first man in the history of ODIs to score a double hundred
Sachin Tendulkar highlights a massive Indian concern
(Sachin Tendulkar in his final Test match in 2013 / Image: BCCI)
The Election Commission of India keeping the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in mind is leaving no stone unturned to attract new voters and also wants the average voting percentage to go up. Keeping this in mind, they have roped in Sachin Tendulkar who is a household name across the Indian subcontinent and has a huge impact on common people’s lives. While speaking at the event that was organized in the national capital, Sachin said that he was extremely happy when his children Sarah and Arjun cast their votes for the first time. Sachin also highlighted a massive issue with India and asked people to give it a thought.
The Master Blaster said:
We are the largest democracy in the world, and it is our prime responsibility to exercise our voting rights with due diligence… It is a responsibility that should not be ignored. Everyone should be aware of when the elections are happening and when is the window to go out and vote
The 2011 ODI World Cup winner further said that every vote is a reflection of what the citizens want together as a nation and it is as important as saving one run or taking one catch in a cricket match. Tendulkar further concluded by saying that the citizens of India should be more proactive and should exercise their rights in order to make India a great nation.