Sachin Tendulkar's came after a challenge thrown by superstar Australia women's team all-rounder Ellyse Perry. (Photo Credit: Twitter: 100MB)
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar batted for one over as part of the fund-raising efforts for Australia's bushfire victims on Sunday. This was to a challenge thrown by superstar Australia women's team all-rounder Ellyse Perry. In the innings break of the Ponting XI vs Gilchrist XI match, Perry bowled to Tendulkar with her Aussie teammates in the field. Master Blaster managed to score a boundary on the first ball of the over.
Perry, who was named the Women's Cricketer of the Year for 2019, threw out the challenge on social media on Saturday afternoon via a video message.
"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.
"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."
The match, named 'Bushfire Cricket Bash', was earlier scheduled at the SCG on Saturday but was later held at Melbourne's Junction Oval. Tendulkar's side featured a star-studded top order in the form of Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden and Ponting, who scored thousands of runs in Australia's Test side during their decorated careers.