Hundreds of avid cricket fans screamed “Sachin Sachin” in excitement seeing Sachin Tendulkar face Aussie bowling great Ellyse Perry in an over during the Bushfire Cricket Bash charity match.
Ponting, Lara, Akram and cricket legends make a comeback for Bushfire Bash
Last January saw parts of Australia battered in record temperatures after a series of bushfires lashed through 11 million hectares of forests and parks, killing 33 people. New South Wales and Victoria were two of the most affected states in the aftermath, destroying five million hectares of area including 2,000 homes. Not just Australia, but the disaster’s effects are being felt globally, with warmer temperatures on the Indian Ocean and plumes of smoke travelling towards South America.
So, in a bid to raise funds for families affected by the bushfires, Cricket Australia announced a slew of cricketing icons getting back on the ground to square for a one-off charity match, with proceedings being donated to Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. The squads featured an all-star line-up including Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Yuvraj Singh and many more. Sachin Tendulkar and Tim Paine were announced as coaches for their respective teams.
Check out Sachin Tendulkar bat an over during the Bushfire Bash innings break
Despite headlining the match in non-playing capacity, the ‘Master Blaster’ faced one of Australia’s leading female cricketers, Ellyse Perry in an over that got spectators stoked up cheering “Sachin Sachin,” sending social media into a frenzy.
$7.7 million raised in the Bushfire Bash
A highly-anticipated fixture on Australia’s cricketing calendar this month, tickets to the match sold out quickly and raised a whopping $7.7 million (AED 28m).
Ponting XI scored 104 in ten overs, thanks to a swashbuckling 30 runs of 11 balls by Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting’s quickfire 26 runs of 14 balls, followed by Gilchrist XI falling one run short of victory despite Shane Watson’s electrifying 30 runs of 9 balls and Andrew Symonds’ 29* runs of 13 balls.
You can donate to the Bushfires disaster relief too on their website.