Australia’s Ellyse Perry is arguably one of the best female cricketers ever and she has issued a challenge to one of the best male cricketers ever in the name of a great cause.
Australian Women’s Cricket Team recently posted a video on Twitter, in which Perry can be seen inviting Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar to face an over from her and her teammates during the innings break in the Bushfire Bash at Junction Oval.
“Hi Sachin it is awesome to have you out here supporting the Bushfire match,” Perry said.
“I know you are coaching one of the teams, but a few of us were sitting around chatting and we thought it would be absolutely amazing if you could come out of retirement for one over in the innings break at Junction Oval.
“We’d love to have a bowl to you and obviously fetch a few balls from over the boundary that you’ve hit.
“Potentially we thought it might be a good way to raise a little bit of extra money for the Bushfire appeal, which we know you are doing so much for.
“If you were at all up for it we would love to have you out here and the girls are very keen to field some of the balls that you hit.
“So let us know and thanks again for everything.”
Not our day today, but we're gearing up for a huge day tomorrow with the Bushfire Cricket Bash straight after our must-win match against England!@sachin_rt, keen for a hit in the middle to rustle up a few more $ for bushfire affected communities? 👉 https://t.co/aKGDE5AH4f pic.twitter.com/RtAxyot7ow
— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) February 8, 2020
Tendulkar won’t take part in the game in a playing capacity due to a shoulder injury and will coach the Ponting XI instead.
However, it didn’t take long for the Master Blaster to reply on social media, with Tendulkar accepting Perry’s challenge despite advice from his doctor not to play.
“Sounds great Ellyse,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.
“I would love to go out there and bat an over (much against the advice of my doctor due to my shoulder injury).
“I hope we can generate enough money for this cause and to get me out there in the middle.”
Sounds great Ellyse. I would love to go out there & bat an over (much against the advice of my doctor due to my shoulder injury).
Hope we can generate enough money for this cause, & to get me out there in the middle.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 8, 2020
The Bushfire Bash will be played at Junction Oval in Melbourne on Sunday following the Australian women’s clash with England.