If there have been any perceptions about the specter of coronavirus in the town, its cricket followers definitely didn’t present it. Mumbaikars thronged to the Wankhede Stadium in numbers to relive a few of their golden recollections of watching the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara and Yuvraj Singh in motion.
There had been doubts concerning the response to the initiative of gathering veterans to play a event at a time when the world is reeling from the quick-spreading virus. However, to the amazement of all of the gamers, a packed Wankhede greeted the India and West Indies legends on Saturday night time.
Playing to advertise the ‘Road Safety Week’, each groups had been studded with some huge names. But, most of all, the group had turned up to observe Lara and Tendulkar turn again the clock. Much to their delight, the 2 finest batsmen of their period didn’t disappoint.
West Indies Legends batted first and Lara set the tone with two extravagant lofted drives off Zaheer Khan. At the rating of 17, he was out, stumped by keeper Sameer Dighe off Irfan Pathan, however he had given the group what they’d come to see with 4 fantastically timed fours.
When India’s turn got here to bat, chasing 151, Tendulkar got here up with the proper response to the Caribbean grasp’s cameo, treating his dwelling crowd to his trademark strokes throughout the wicket en path to a 29-ball 36.
To add to the enjoyable, Tendulkar’s opening accomplice, Sehwag, additionally confirmed glimpses of his former self throughout a sometimes harmful 57-ball unbeaten 74 to energy the house group to a seven-wicket win. Tendulkar and Sehwag’s entry into the bottom was greeted with a thunderous applause and Sehwag livened up the proceedings by smashing the primary two balls of the innings for fours, the second a wonderful entrance foot cowl drive on a bent knee.