19 – Sachin Tendulkar hospitalised ‘as a matter of abundant precaution’

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He is one of four cricketers – the Pathan brothers and Badrinath the others – to have tested positive after the Road Safety tournament

Sachin Tendulkar has been hospitalised, as a precautionary measure, just under a week after testing positive for Covid-19. Tendulkar, as well as the Pathans Yusuf and Irfan, and S Badrinath were the players to have taken part in the Road Safety World Series to test positive for the virus over the past few days.

Tendulkar tweeted out the update on Friday, saying the hospitalisation was a “matter of abundant precuation” and that he hoped to be back home in a few days.

Tendulkar was the first of the four former Indian cricketers to return positive tests after playing in the veterans’ T20 tournament, which pitted India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, England and Bangladesh against each other in Raipur. The tournament got over on March 21, with India beating Sri Lanka in the final, and news of Tendulkar’s positive test emerged less than a week later. He had announced the results of that test via social media as well, adding that he had mild symptoms and that no one else in his family had contracted the virus.

Tendulkar’s post on Friday had a bittersweet flavour to it, coming as it did on the tenth anniversary of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph. For over two decades, Tendulkar was an ever-present member of the Indian team as he rose to become one of the game’s greatest batsmen. He finished his career in 2013 with 100 international hundreds, 34,357 international runs and a World Cup winner’s medal.

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