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Sachin Tendulkar names Australian batsman who resembles him

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 February 2020, 14:15 IST

India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar will be taking part in the Sunday’s Bushfire Cricket Bash charity game where he will coach the Ricky Ponting XI. The 46-year-old arrived in Australia and along with Yuvraj Singh gave an address to the media in Sydney.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) put out a tweet in which Sachin Tendulkar revealed the name of the Australian batsman that resembles him.

"Marnus Labuschagne's footwork was incredible, so he would be the one (resembling me) I would say. There is something about him,", said the Indian batting maestro.

The legendary batsman will also be coaching the Ricky Ponting XI in Sunday’s star studded charaty fundraiser game in Melbourne. The charaty match was at the outset slated as a curtain raiser to the T20 Big Bash League final, but with rain expected, Cricket Australia stated it would no longer be possible at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Rather, it would be played on Sunday at the Junction Oval in Melbourne after a T20I encounter between Australia and England women’s team.

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Sachin Tendulkar at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday, stated that he had been moved by the destruction caused to people and wildlife by the bushfire.

"I received a message from Brett Lee," Tendulkar was quoted as saying by cricket.com. au. "Brett said that Kevin (Roberts, Cricket Australia's chief executive) would like to be in touch with you.

"It was a no-brainer. From the moment I was asked, I said, 'yes I'm more than happy to come here.'"

"This is an alarming situation, it's catastrophic - that's an understatement," said Tendulkar. "You see the number of lives it has affected, not only humans but also wildlife which sometimes people don't talk about. That is equally important.

"I'm so happy I'm here in whatever way to support the cause, to raise money.

"Australia has always been dear to me. In 1991, as an 18-year-old I remember coming here (for the first time). I spent almost four months here. I almost had an Aussie accent when I went back to India.

"The competitive cricket that I played here at the age of 18 helped me a lot in my career, so I have a special feeling for Australia and Australian people."


First published: 7 February 2020, 13:16 IST