India great Sachin Tendulkar leaves hospital after receiving treatment for coronavirus

Batting legend will remain in isolation at home in Mumbai

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v India - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - June 30, 2019   Sachin Tendulkar on the pitch before the match    Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photo/File Photo

India batting great Sachin Tendulkar said on Thursday that he has been released from hospital a week after he was admitted when he contracted Covid-19.

Tendulkar, who turns 48 later this month, was previously quarantining at home after testing positive following mild symptoms.

"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," Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.

"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."

Tendulkar retired from professional cricket in 2013 after notching a still unmatched 100 international centuries in a prolific 24-year career.

He lives in Mumbai, the capital of the Western Indian state of Maharashtra which has been the hardest hit by a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

India reported a record 126,789 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday as several states struggled to contain a second surge in infections. With 12.9 million cases, India is the third-worst affected country, behind the United States and Brazil.

Tendulkar was among three former India batsmen who took part in the Road Safety World Series and then tested positive for coronavirus.

Subramaniam Badrinath played for the victorious India Legends teams during the recently concluded veterans' T20 tournament in Raipur. He later revealed he had tested positive for the virus.

World Cup winner Yusuf Pathan also revealed his positive result on Saturday. Pathan was the player of the match in the final against Sri Lanka as he scored a fifty and picked up two wickets on March 21.