Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been hospitalised with Covid-19 after it was announced last week he had tested positive for the virus.
Tendulkar, who will turn 48 later this month, retired from the professional game in 2013 after notching a still unmatched 100 international centuries in a prolific 24-year career.
The legendary batsman revealed he had contracted coronavirus on March 27 and was suffering with mild symptoms as infections continued to surge in the world’s second-most populated country.
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has announced he has been hospitalised with Covid-19
Tendulkar announced he has been taken into hospital ‘as a matter of abundant precaution’
But now he has announced he has been taken into hospital ‘as a matter of abundant precaution’.
His tweet read: ‘Thank you for your wishes and prayers. As a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice, I have been hospitalised.
‘I hope to be back home in a few days. Take care and stay safe everyone.
‘Wishing all Indians & my teammates on the 10th anniversary of our World Cup win.’
Tendulkar returned to the crease recently as captain of the India Legends team in a promotional event called the Road Safety World Series in Raipur, in the state of Chhattisgarh, which took place on March 21.
Tendulkar posted a picture of him with ex team-mates Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Irfan Pathan, Rohan Gavaskar and sports scientist Vaibhav Daga on a plane just days before revealing he had contracted coronavirus.
Tendulkar (far right) posted this picture with ex team-mates Yuvraj Singh (front second right), Mohammad Kaif (front third from right), Irfan Pathan (far left in blue), Rohan Gavaskar (back right) and sports scientist Vaibhav Daga (back left) after Sunday’s Indian Legends event
Tendulkar retired in 2013 after notching a still unmatched 100 international centuries
Tendulkar pictured with (L to R) wife Anjali, daughter Sara and son Arjun in 2019 in Mumbai
Tendulkar had previously been quarantining at home after testing positive.
On Friday, India reported 81,466 new Covid-19 infections, the highest daily number in six months.
Several states have been hit hard by a second wave of the coronavirus.
Tendulkar lives in Mumbai, the capital of the Western Indian state of Maharashtra which has been the hardest hit by a resurgence in Covid-19 cases.
Maharashtra had as many as 43,183 new cases on Friday with the country’s financial hub Mumbai reporting 8,646 of them – both a record for single day infections.