Legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar on the occasion of his 48th birthday took the opportunity to reach out to his fans and well-wishers by expressing the feeling of gratitude for the love and warm wishes he received today on his birthday. He also conveyed a very crucial COVID-19 related message.
The Bharat Ratna winning athlete had tested positive on the 27th of March after the Road Safety World Series in Raipur concluded, where he was the captain of India Legends.
Tendulkar did not celebrate his birthday last year in 2020 as a mark of respect for the frontline healthcare workers who have been relentless in their fight against this deadly infectious disease, and this year as Mumbai is under strict lockdown due to the rampant surge in the cases of the novel coronavirus, Master Blaster will yet again not celebrate his birthday.
Therefore the former Indian captain took to social media to express his gratitude to his fans and well-wishers across the globe.
"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," said Tendulkar as he through a video message which he posted on social media.
The 48-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee also conveyed important COVID-19 related information for all Indians on his Instagram.
"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."
He then went on to urge his fellow Indians to donate plasma as it can help cure the deadly COVID-19 infection.
Revered as the greatest cricketer of all time by many, three of his world records- 15,921 runs in Tests, 18426 runs in 463 ODI games, and 100 international centuries, still remain unbroken. He is also the first player to hit a double century when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.
He featured in a record 200 Tests and 6 World Cup Tournaments winning the last when India beat Sri Lanka to become the World Cup Champions in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium.