Bushfire Bash: Tendulkar spends 40 minutes in nets to bat for first time in 5 years

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Former cricketers and India greats Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh on Sunday returned to the nets as the two geared up for a charity match between Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI to raise fund for Australia’s bushfire victims at Junction Oval, Melbourne.

While 2011 World Cup-winning member Tendulkar, who will coach will coach the Ponting XI, is also set to come out of retirement at the charity match as he accepted a challenge thrown by superstar Australia women’s team all-rounder Ellyse Perry. Yuvraj, on the other hand, will be playing for Adam Gilchrist’s team.

Ahead of the match, the two Indian cricketers spent some in the nets. Yuvraj revealed that Tendulkar ended up playing for 40 minutes in the nets.

“He said he is going to play just six balls, but he batted for 40 minutes in the nets,” Yuvraj told in a video to Cricket.com.au.

Earlier, Perry had asked Tendulkar to come out of retirement to bat for an over during the innings break of the star-studded charity match. The India great accepted Perry’s offer.

“I turned up here as a coach, but for me to go out and bat in the lunch will be interesting. I will be holding a cricket bat after 5 and a half years,” Tendulkar said ina video during the match.

Gilchrist XI: Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Yuvraj Singh, Elyse Villani, Andrew Symonds, Cameron Smith, Nick Riewoldt, Peter Siddle, Fawad Ahmed, Courtney Walsh

Ponting XI: Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Phoebe Litchfield, Brian Lara, Alex Blackwell, Brad Haddin (wk), Luke Hodge, Brett Lee, Dan Christian, Wasim Akram

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