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
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
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
“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
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
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
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)