Sachin Tendulkar came out of retirement specifically to bat for a special cause. He batted for a charity match to aid Australian bushfire relief at the Junction Oval, Melbourne on Sunday. The former India batsman faced Australia woman fast bowler Ellyse Perry in the special over, his first appearance on the cricket field in “five and a half years”.
Sachin Tendulkar hit a boundary off the first ball, thanks to a misfield by a woman fire-fighter, who had come to field for Ellyse Perry for the special cause.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) February 9, 2020
On Saturday, Tendulkar revealed in a tweet that he has a shoulder injury but promised that he will come out to bat “against the advice of his doctor”.
He also tweeted in reply to Perry’s challenge on Social Media, He said “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).
Hope we can generate enough money for this cause, & to get me out there in the middle.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 8, 2020
A video tweeted by Australian women’s cricket team, Perry surfaced on the social media where she said, “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 victims of the blazes which began in September and have left at least 33 people dead and thousands of homes destroyed.