Sachin Tendulkar bats for an over against Ellyse Perry in Bushfire charity match

Sachin Tendulkar bats

Ellyse ​Perry had threw out the challenge to Sachin Tendulkar on social media on Saturday afternoon via a video message. The India great accepted the challenge to face Perry for an over during the Bushfire Bash.

Batting great and former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar batted for the first time in five and a half years as he faced an over from Australian women cricketer Ellyse Perry during Bushfire Bash, a charity match at Junction Oval, Melbourne on Sunday.

The Bushfire Bash is a 10-over per side charity match between Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI, where a host of cricket legends are helping raise funds for the Australia bushfire relief effort. Tendulkar, who is coaching the Ponting XI, came out of retirement here after a request from Ellyse Perry and faced her for an over during the innings break.

Tendulkar got off the mark with a boundary as Perry bowled an over to the India legend with 10 of her Aussie teammates in the field.

Sachin Tendulkar bats

Ellyse Perry had thrown a challenge to Sachin Tendulkar on social media on Saturday afternoon via a video message. Tendulkar accepted the challenge and said he would play against his doctor’s advice to face an over from the Australian woman all-rounder.

“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 said.

“We’d love to have a bowl to you and obviously fetch a few balls from over the boundary that you’ve hit. We thought it would be an awesome way to raise a bit more money for the Bushfire Appeal, which I know you’re already doing so much for.”

“If you’re at all up for it, we’d love to have you out here I know there’d be some girls very keen to field some balls that you hit. So let us know, and thanks again for everything.”