Melbourne (Australia) | Jagran Sports Desk: Sachin Tendulkar might have retired seven years ago from cricket but he didn’t seem to have lost his touch when the Indian legend came out to face an over from Australia's Ellyse Perry during the innings break of the Bushfire relief fundraiser match between Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI.

The Indian batting legend faced four balls from Perry while two from Annabel Sutherland and the Master Blaster even managed to score a boundary on the first ball of the over with a brilliant flick towards long leg.

Tendulkar was challenged by Perry in a video on Twitter on Saturday. “Hey Sachin, it's awesome to have you out here in Australia supporting the Bushfire match,” she had 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,” Perry said.

The 46-year-old, who will coach the Ricky Ponting-led side, was quick to respond to the challenge and 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 said.

Bushfire Bash was originally slated to be played at Sydneyon Sunday but weather forecast prompted Cricket Australia to reschedule the game to ensure the best possible pitch and outfield conditions for the final of Big Bash League.

The match will be played to raise funds and all match profits will go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. It will be played between Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma