Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was on Thursday discharged from a private hospital in the city of Mumbai after having recovered from Covid-19. He was admitted to the hospital a week ago after contracting coronavirus.
The 47-year-old, who took to social media to announce the development, however, said that he would continue to remain isolated at his Mumbai home for the next few days.
"I have just come home from the hospital and will remain isolated while continuing to rest and recuperate. I would like to thank everyone for all the good wishes and prayers. Really appreciate it," he tweeted.
Thanking the medical staff, Sachin wrote: " I remain ever grateful to all the medical staff who took such good care of me and have been working tirelessly for over a year in such difficult circumstances."
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Sachin was hospitalised "as a precautionary measure" last Friday, after testing positive for Covid-19 on March 27. "As a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice, I have been hospitalised. I hope to be back home in a few days," he tweeted then.
Sachin retired in October 2013 after playing his 200th Test match against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in his hometown of Mumbai. It was a 24-year-long stint since his Test debut in November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of 16.
The former Indian batsman, who captained India twice during his career, is the highest scorer of all time in international cricket, having more than 30,000 runs in his kitty.
Sachin is also the only cricketer in the world to play 200 Tests and score as many as 100 international hundreds. He has amassed 18,426 runs from 463 ODIs at an average of 44.83 and 15,921 runs from 200 Tests.
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He was also conferred India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in 2014 by then President Pranab Mukherjee.
Since his retirement, 'The God of Cricket' has garnered fans in the startup community also -- playing the role of an ideal civilian mentor to the young minds of India.
In 2010, Time magazine included Sachin in its annual Time 100 list as one of the 'Most Influential People in the World.