Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday thanked everyone for wishes him on his birthday. Tendulkar, who recently recovered from coronavirus which he contracted after the Road Safety series in March, turns 48 today.
Tendulkar had decided not to celebrate his birthday in 2020 as a mark of respect to the frontline workers leading India’s fight against the virus outbreak. He won’t be able to do it this year as well as Mumbai is under a strict lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Master Blaster therefore, took to social media to thank everyone for their birthday wishes.
“Hello everyone, thank you so much for your birthday wishes it has truly made my day. Last month was tough for me, I was tested positive for COVID-19 and had to be isolated for 21 days.
“Your prayers and good wishes, my family and friends… Last but not the least all the doctors, and the whole staff with them… They kept me in a positive frame of mind and helped me recover. A big thank you to all of you,” Tendulkar said in a video message posted on his social media accounts.
The 48-year-old also had an important message related to the COVID-19 pandemic for all Indians: “I’d like to convey a message which my doctors told me to tell you. Last year I had inaugurated a Plasma Donation Centre and they had a message for you all. If plasma is given at the right time then patients can recover faster.
“I will donate plasma myself, whenever permissible. You also talk to your doctors, all those who have recovered from COVID-19, and please donate your plasma when permissible because that can solve a lot of problems for the people. So I’d like to request you to please donate your blood/plasma and help your fellow Indians.”
Tendulkar finished his 24-year illustrious career as the leading run-getter in Tests (15,921 runs), ODIs (18426 runs in 463 games) and with 100 international centuries, all three of which are world records which may never be broken again.
Tendulkar was the first player to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.
He played in a record 200 Tests and featured in a record 6 ICC World Cups (50-over), eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.