But the 44-year-old's god-like status in India meant little in the chamber, where he was drowned out by feuding politicians who forced parliament to adjourn just as Tendulkar was finding his stride.
Tendulkar made reference to the false start before picking up where he left off, imploring Indians to take up a sport to improve their health. In a 15-minute-long video posted on Facebook and Twitter, Tendulkar talks about sports, fitness and importance of a healthy India. Bowlers of opponent teams were unable to stop Tendulkar from making runs during his cricketing career, but unfortunately today in the Upper House the members of the Congress party stalled his maiden speech, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters here.
Sachin restated his wish to transform India from a sport-loving nation to a sport-playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream.
In the beginning of his speech, he thanked his father for all the support and encouragement he gave to him. Being a sportsman, I am going to talk on sports, health and fitness of India for it has a telling impact on our economy. "Always remember, dreams do come true". And when it comes to obesity, we are sitting at no.3 spot in the world.
"The economic burden of disease will not allow our nation to progress", he added. He urged everyone to transform the country from sports-loving nation to a sports-playing nation.
The Master Blaster lauded the vibrant culture of sports in the north east of India which has just four percent of the country's population but has produced many sporting icons including boxer Mary Kom, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and footballer Bhaichung Bhutia among others.
On Thursday, Tendulkar stood waiting for nearly 10 minutes in the Rajya Sabha to make his speech but was refrained because of the protesting Congress MPs. He was to address the Short Discussion Motion on the future of sports in India and right to play.