India’s batting great Sachin Tendulkar has contracted COVID-19 as infections continue to surge in the world’s second-most populous country.

Tendulkar, who will turn 48 next month, retired from the professional game in 2013 after notching a still unmatched 100 international centuries in a prolific 24-year career.

“I have been testing myself and taking all the recommended precautions to ensure COVID is kept at bay.,” Tendulkar announced on Twitter on Saturday.

However, I have tested positive today following mild symptoms.

“All others at home have tested negative. I have quarantined myself at home and I am following all the necessary protocols as advised by my doctors.”

India on Saturday reported 62,258 new COVID-19 infections, its highest since October, taking its overall tally to 11.91 million. The death toll rose by 291 to stand at 161,240.

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

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