Hyderabad: With reports emerging that Sachin Tendulkar may not play against Deccan Chargers in the IPL on Sunday in view of the worsening condition of Sathya Sai Baba, DC skipper Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday said one should respect the iconic batsman's decision.
"If Sachin does not play tomorrow because he is worried about Sathya Sai Baba, his decision should be respected. You should always show a support towards personal decisions," Sangakkara said.
"There are many followers of Sai Baba in Sri Lanka too and they are also anxious. So I think it's a personal decision and should be respected," he added.
Mumbai Indians skipper Tendulkar on Saturday joined the thousands of devotees praying for a speedy recovery of Shri Sathya Sai Baba, whose condition continues to remain very critical.
Asking his fans to pray for the well being of Satya Sai Baba, Tendulkar, an ardent follower of Sai Baba, tweeted, "I m praying for Shri Sathya Sai Baba's quick recovery. Hope everyone will join me in praying for his return to good health."
The panel of doctors attending on the spiritual guru today said that his vital organs were showing minimal response to treatment and he continues to be in same critical state of health.
Sangakkara also wished Sachin, who turns 38 on Sunday, a very happy birthday in advance. "I wish him a very happy birthday," the Sri Lankan added.