Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar padded up for a single over during the innings break of the Bushfire Bash to face Ellyse Perry amidst a swarm of exciting cricketing fans. The batsman managed to fend off the all-rounder with a few classic shots to bring back the glory years.
Ponting XI faced Gilchrist XI faced each other in a one-off charity match to aid the Australian bushfire relief fund. The fixture took place at the Junction Oval in Melbourne with Sachin Tendulkar in the dugout as the coach of the Ponting XI.
While several renowned cricketing names made their presence felt for the charity fixture, it was the Little Master who shone with his little cameo during the innings break.
Before the match, Ellyse Perry had revealed her desire to bowl to Tendulkar during an interview with the Australian women’s cricket team. The former batsman responded by accepting the request and revealed that he would be batting against the doctor’s advice as he was nursing a shoulder injury.
“Sounds great Ellyse. I would love to go out there and bat an over (much against the advice of my doctor due to my shoulder injury). Hope we can generate enough money for this cause, and to get me out there in the middle,”
As promised, Perry and Tendulkar faced off in the innings break and it was the former Indian skipper who had the upper hand early on. Swapping the classic Adidas for a Kookaburra wand, Sachin’s classic leg glance which found its way to the boundary courtesy of a misfield by the woman fire-fighter at short fine leg.
Tendulkar continued to dish out treats by middling the ball which were stopped inside the 30-yard circle courtesy of some good fielding which was duly acknowledged by the batting legend.
Perry handed over the ball to 18-year-old Annabelle Sutherland to have a go at the Master Blaster. The youngster bowled a full toss first up which was met by a classic cover drive. Tendulkar finished off things with his signature straight drive to finish off things and leaving the fans wanting more.
Check out Tendulkar’s little stint in the middle right below:
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Posted by cricket.com.au on Saturday, February 8, 2020