Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, has been admitted to the hospital. Tendulkar tweeted on Friday that he decided to go to a hospital in Mumbai "as a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice".
The former captain, who is loved by millions, added that he was hoping to be back home in a few days. Several Indian cities, including Mumbai, have seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the past few weeks. Tendulkar, 47, shared the news at a time when India is staring at what experts have called a "deadlier second wave".
Three other members of the India Legends squad -- Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan and Subramaniam Badrinath -- have also tested positive for coronavirus. The tournament was held in Raipur with fans present in the stadium.
Nicknamed the Master Blaster, Tendulkar retired from cricket in 2013 but continues to be one of the most popular public figures in India. He recently took part in the Road Safety World Series Challenge, a veterans' tournament in the central Indian city of Raipur. He made his international debut aged 16 in November 1989, setting off an illustrious 24-year career that earned him global recognition.In that time, he amassed a record 15,921 Test-match runs, the highest number by any batsman in cricket history.
In 2012, Tendulkar became the only batsman ever to reach 100 international centuries. One of his most memorable Test centuries was an unbeaten 103 that inspired India's victory over England in December 2008, and came shortly after terror attacks hit his home city of Mumbai.
Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan legend, hoped for Tendulkar’s speedy recovery on social media. “Even when you were 16, you battled world’s best bowlers with guts and aplomb… so I am sure you will hit Covid-19 for a SIX! Recover soon master! Would be great if you celebrate India’s World Cup 2011 anniversary with doctors and hospital staff… do send me a pic!,” said the caption.
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