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India legend Tendulkar in hospital after contracting coronavirus

The cricket world united to send

support to Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar after he announced that he

was hospitalised Friday as a precautionary measure to combat the

coronavirus.

The 47-year-old “little master” of batting is one of the most

high-profile cases of a new pandemic surge in the country of 1.3

billion people.

Tendulkar went to a Mumbai hospital on the 10th anniversary of

India’s World Cup triumph which he led.

“As a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice, I have

been hospitalised,” Tendulkar said on Twitter.

“I hope to be back home in a few days. Take care and stay safe everyone.”

The announcement took Tendulkar’s former cricket friends and foes

by surprise.

“Wish you a speedy recovery,” the International Cricket Council

world body said in a Twitter message. Fans also inundated social media

with messages, many referring to him as a cricket “God”.

Many Indian Premier League teams released messages. Champions the

Mumbai Indians, where Tendulkar is an advisor, said they were

“rooting” for the batting star.

Former Pakistan arch-rival Wasim Akram also sent special wishes.

“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!” said

Akram who bowled at Tendulkar in his debut series as a 16-year-old.

“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!”

Tendulkar had also highlighted that it was the anniversary of

India’s win over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final in Mumbai, which he

has described as his greatest triumph.

– Legends struck down –

Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer ever in Test matches and

one-day internationals. He retired in 2013 after playing in 200 Tests,

in which he made 15,921 runs.

He scored another 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs and hit 100 centuries

across both formats.

Just before announcing he had the coronavirus, Tendulkar had led an

India Legends team to a win over Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 exhibition

series.

Three other players who took part in the so-called Road Safety

World Series, including brothers Yusuf and Irfan Pathan, have also

tested positive for the virus.

Crowds were allowed into the stadium in Raipur for the matches.

India is battling a new wave of Covid-19 cases — daily infections

rose to more than 81,000 on Friday with 469 deaths, the highest since

October.

Tendulkar’s home state of Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai,

accounted for more than 47,000 cases and authorities have said they

cannot rule out a full lockdown as the health system risks collapsing

under the strain.

Many cities have reported soaring cases over the past two weeks.

Priyanka Gandhi, a key member of the Gandhi family that has dominated

Indian politics in the seven decades since independence, said she was

going into isolation because her husband had tested positive.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)