” I was nervous while facing Perry ” says Sachin Tendulkar

Not many times you’d have seen Sachin Tendulkar feeling nervous while facing a bowler. While in his prime, Tendulkar used to smash bowlers around the park, so much so that he used to come in the dreams of the great Shane Warne. However this time around, Sachin on record went on to admit that he was feeling nervous while batting against Ellyse Perry in that one over.

It was the historical occasion of the Bushfire charity match where Sachin was participating as a coach of Ponting XI. However, when Perry challenged him to face an over of hers, Sachin didn’t shy away from taking on the challenge and the epic battle between the past and a present superstars of the game took place at MCG during the innings break at MCG.

Sachin showed a range of shots he still had to offer in just one over. From his trademark cover drive to leg glance to flick to a square punch, Tendulkar showed it all. It was a treat for the cricket fans to watch him in the action again, relieving their past, even though for only an over. It was only after the face-off that Sachin admitted that he was nervous before this battle because he didn’t know whether he is going to see the ball or not.

Sachin faced 5 balls of Perry while the last ball was bowled by young Annabel Sutherland who had her dream come true moment while bowling to the little master.


” I think I was more nervous than her (Perry) because I was not sure whether I was going to see the ball or not. I told her that after last evening’s net, I did one throwdown session and I said, ‘I can see the ball but I cannot guarantee whether the ball is going to hit the bat’, at least I could see the ball and spend some time in the middle,” Sachin said.

Earlier in the Bushfire Bash match, Warne couldn’t participate in the game so Ponting XI took on Gilchrist XI. Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara turned back the clock and batted superbly to take their side to 104-5 in 10 overs. Ponting scored 24 in 14 balls while Lara played a gem of 30(11).

Chasing that total, Gilchrist XI got off to a great start as they were 49-1 after 3 overs when Shane Watson who was going all guns blazing decided to get off and give others opportunity. Needing 16 runs in last over, Gilchrist XI fell short of the target by just 1 run.

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