Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar cut his cheek and nearly broke his nose after falling on his face in a Johannesburg hotel during the Champions Trophy, Indian team manager Anurag Thakur said.
Tendulkar, along with all-rounders Yusuf Pathan and Abhishek Nayar, today returned home after India's doomed Champions Trophy campaign in South Africa and his left eye looked swollen as the star player left the the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
Thakur, who arrived by the same flight, told a news agency that Tendulkar had food poisoning on the eve of India's last league match against the West Indies and he collapsed in his hotel room.
"He had food poisoning and was possibly dehydrated. He was feeling weak and that was the reason why he felt giddy and hurt himself in the hotel room. But the injury to his cheek is not serious. He is perfectly fine now," Thakur said.
According to reports, on the night before the much important game, Tendulkar went to an Indian restaurant in Johannesburg along with his captain MS Dhoni, Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh, and after returning to his hotel room, he felt dizzy and lost consciousness.
He subsequently fell flat on his face, which left him with the cut marks and a black spot on his nose.