<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sachin Tendulkar's presence important in Rajya Sabha than in Kolkata for third Test against England? " src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121106202339.jpg" title="Sachin Tendulkar's presence important in Rajya Sabha than in Kolkata for third Test against England? " /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> The UPA coalition will be wishing for Sachin Tendulkar's presence PTI</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Nov 30, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> The Congress strategists will be dearly hoping that <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> sits out of the third Test against <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>in Kolkata, so that he could be present in the Rajya Sabha and bail them out in the vote over Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).<br /> <br /> The strategists are aware that the UPA government will have to pull off a surprise to beat the Opposition, and for doing the same, they will be hoping that somehow the Little Master turns up.<br /> <br /> The <em>Times of India</em> reported that the government will be banking on the 10 nominated MPs to vote in their favour, and at the same time, they will be looking towards Tendulkar s seat number 103, wishing for his presence.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the debate over the future of Tendulkar is getting intense by the day. The news of master blaster's discussion with chief selector <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tags/Sandip-Patil/post" target="_blank">Sandeep Patil</a> on his retirement flew thick and fast Friday, followed by equally quick denials, IANS reported. <br /> <br /> While a media report claimed that Tendulkar had told Patil to decide his fate as he was out of form, a television channel labelled the conversation as a 'pep talk' by Patil to the 39-year-old. An unchanged side for the third Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>at <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tags/Eden-Gardens/post" target="_blank">Eden Gardens</a> was picked Tuesday. <br /> <br /> Earlier in the day, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">BCCI </a>official<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tags/Rajiv-Shukla/post" target="_blank"> Rajiv Shukla</a> said that Tendulkar's focus was "very much on the third Test", beginning Dec 5.