Sachin Tendulkar might have announced his retirement from all kind of cricket, but, that touch in his batting still seems to be there. Playing for the MCC against the Rest of the World XI a few days back, he played a wonderful knock.
During that knock, he hit almost all the shots that he is known for. The straight drive off the fast bowler, the cover drive, the late cut off the spinner and then, the inside out drive through extra cover, every shot was there in that innings. It was a fantastic exhibition of batting by the master blaster.
Sachin was actually the captain of the MCC XI. His team bowled first and at one point of time, they were looking like running through the opposition. Half of the ROW team was in the pavilion inside the score of 70.
But, Yuvraj Singh scored 132 runs in his typical flamboyant manner and small contributions from Paul Collingwood and Peter Siddle later on made sure that ROW, which was being captained by Shane Warne, got to a decent score.
294 was the target for MCC which was not too difficult considering the flat pitch and easy batting conditions.
Aaron Finch and Sachin were the openers for them and both of them were in attacking mood.
The boundaries never stopped coming for MCC. Both their openers were displaying different sort of cricket though. While, Sachin was playing more of a touch game, Finch’s game was all about power and force.
A 100-partnership between the two set the platform for the MCC. Sachin got out later on at the score of 44, but, Finch kept batting and remained not out on 181.
MCC ended up winning by 7 wickets with Finch being named player of the match.