I pray to God that our athletes perform well in Olympics: Tendulkar

New Delhi: Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, known for his soft-spoken nature, said on Friday that he would avoid shouting in Parliament and would politely make out his case if and when the need arose.

Tendulkar, was recently nominated and took oath as a Rajya Sabha member for his cricketing achievements.

"No I don't think I need to shout and I hope, you know, that no one will make me shout. Why should one be shouting? You can politely put your point across and say whatever you have to, and then, whatever happens, happens," Tendulkar said in an interview to NDTV.

Tendulkar gave words of encouragement to the Indian contingent for next month's London Olympics, saying that they should give their all in bringing laurels for the country.

"I pray to God that they get all the strength and that they go out there and perform and express themselves, and all I can say is just enjoy yourselves and the rest will follow. They've really worked hard for a number of years now and yes, the expectations are there, but who wants to go there and fail?" he asked.

"They are all going out there to give their best and get medals for India and that would be just unbelievable, more the better. So, all the very best and whether you bring back medals or not, what matters is your effort and we are very proud of you," said Tendulkar, the world's highest run-getter in both Test and ODIs.

The 39-year-old, said he was apprehensive about day and night test cricket, and felt it should be first tried in first class cricket and then only in tests.

"I think it's not as easy as it seems. As long as you're sure of the ball retaining its colour and it's being picked by the batters, then you can try it out.

"But I wouldn't straightaway go to Test cricket. Why not first try it out in first class cricket and get response from the players all across the world, not just a few countries, but all across the world and then take that step forward," he said. (IANS)