India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar came out of retirement to bat an over for a charity match to aid Australia bushfire relief at the Junction Oval on Sunday. The Master Blaster faced Australian woman pacer Ellyse Perry in the special over.
It was his first appearance on the field in five and a half years. Tendulkar knocked a boundary off the first delivery, thanks to a misfield by a women, who had come to field for Ellyse Perry for the special cause.
Earlier, the 46-year-old revealed in a tweet that he has a shoulder injury by promised that he will come out to bat "against the advice of his doctor".
"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," Tendulkar tweeted in reply to Perry's challenge on social media.
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).— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 8, 2020
Hope we can generate enough money for this cause, & to get me out there in the middle.
You can get involved & donate now on https://t.co/IObcYarxKr https://t.co/gl3IVirCBY
In a clip shared by Australian women’s cricket team, Perry can be heard saying "Hey Sachin, it's awesome to have you out here in Australia supporting the Bushfire match."
"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.
The match will raise money for the victims of the bushfire which started in September and have left around 33 people dead.
"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," Perry said.
"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," she added.
In the match, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara impressed with 26 and 30 runs respectively.
The Ponting XI put up 104/5 in stipulated 10 overs against Adam Gilchrist XI.