Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar came out of retirement as he faced Australia women all-rounder Ellyse Perry in the Bushfire Cricket Bash at the Junction Oval, Melbourne, on Sunday.
During the innings break of the Ponting XI vs. Gilchrist XI match, Perry bowled to Tendulkar with her Aussie teammates in the field.
Tendulkar, who’s the highest run-scorer in the world, kicked off his innings with a boundary down to the fine leg region.
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“Hey Sachin, it’s awesome to have you out here in Australia supporting the Bushfire match,” she said.
“I know you’re coaching one of the teams, but a few of us were sitting around last night chatting, and we thought it would be absolutely amazing to see you potentially come out of retirement for one over in the innings break out here at Junction Oval,” she added.
“We’d love to have a bowl to you and obviously fetch a few balls from over the boundary that you’ve hit. We thought it would be an awesome way to raise a bit more money for the Bushfire Appeal, which I know you’re already doing so much for. If you’re at all up for it, we’d love to have you out here — I know there’d be some girls very keen to field some balls that you hit. So, let us know, and thanks again for everything,” Perry added further.
The coach of the Ricky Ponting-led side in the Bushfire Cricket Bash, responded quickly and accepted the challenge.
“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,” said Tendulkar.