Sachin Tendulkar's fans need not worry: Classmate Ranade

MUMBAI: A tweet by Sachin Tendulkar on Friday morning, that he’s shifted to the hospital almost a week after being diagnosed with Covid-19 left the batting legend’s fans in panic mode.
“Thank you for your wishes and prayers. As a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice, I have been hospitalized. I hope to be back home in a few days. Take care and stay safe everyone. Wishing all Indians and my teammates on the 10th anniversary of our World Cup win,” Tendulkar tweeted.

However, in the evening, childhood friend Atul Ranade, who speaks to the retired maestro daily, confirmed that the doctors hospitalized Tendulkar only as a “precautionary measure.”

“It’s good that he got hospitalized because it’s much better to monitor him in the hospital. He had persistent borderline symptoms (for covid), so it was necessary. With all the machines available there, they can monitor his health parameters properly,” Ranade told TOI.
According to sources, Tendulkar, a ‘Bharat Ratna,’ has been admitted to the HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Girgaon in South Mumbai. It’s the same hospital where Rashmi Thackeray, wife of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, was admitted to on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, wishes for a speedy recovery poured in for Tendulkar. “I wish him a super-fast recovery,” batting legend Sunil Gavaskar told TOI.
Tendulkar’s childhood friend and former Mumbai and India teammate Vinod Kambli tweeted: “On this #GoodFriday, my family and I have prayed for you, my friend. Looking forward to see you soon even healthier than before!”

From across the border, former Pakistan skipper and pace bowling great Wasim Akram, who had many memorable on-field cricketing battles with the ‘Master Blaster,’ tweeted: “Even when you were 16, you battled the 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!”

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