Sachin Tendulkar set to begin new innings for United Nations
From left: Actor Nandita Das, Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Sachin Tendulkar and actor Sharmila Tagore

India batting legend and United Nations goodwill ambassador Sachin Tendulkar met General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon in New Delhi during an event on Tuesday to mark the non-profit organisation’s 70th anniversary. Accompanied by UNICEF national ambassador Sharmila Tagore, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and actor-activist Nandita Das, Tendulkar was present at the event, ‘The Future We Want’.

Speaking about the event, Ban Ki-moon said, “I have received a lot of applause in India. But this evening, I seem to be the least popular person on the stage. I am indeed honoured that such individuals are lending their names to the UN cause.”

He was quoted by NDTV as saying, “The god of cricket will now bat for the UN.”

Post-retirement, Tendulkar has been seen participating in several social events. The youngest Bharat Ratna recipient was recently seen participating in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India Campaign.

Tendulkar also adopted a village and announced a donation of Rs 10 lakh to sponsor a ventilator at the Nowrosjee Wadia hospital for children.

The Master Blaster also said that his biggest dream is to make sure that as many villages in India have access to electricity.