It was all happening at the Citi Field Stadium in New York. “Hey METS. God of Cricket is here,” read a banner to welcome Sachin Tendulkar. Cricket Au wrote, “Their names and faces were familiar, although they ran a little slower, had less hair and their bellies were a bit bigger.”
Shane Warne and Tendulkar’s might have expected the standard of play during the first game of Cricket All Stars series and everything that they had put together for months was executed perfectly at Citi Field. A dream of putting together legendary cricketers into two teams to clash with each other in a T20 format finally came through in front of 36,000 plus spectators.
What better way to globalize the Game of Cricket? Two legends taking the onus on themselves and carrying the sport to unchartered destinations to spread the game’s beauty. The first game had an amazing response from the stands. During the post match-ceremony Warne said, “I think it showcased the game of cricket really, really well and that’s the one thing.”
“Some people have been skeptical about it and said, ‘How are all of these retired players going to play?’ You saw the standard of play.”
The opening match saw one of the best opening pair in the World, Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar, taking guard for Sachin’s Blasters at the drop-in pitch. The opening stand produced 85 runs with Sehwag scoring a blistering half century taking the side to 140 runs in 20 overs. It was an all Australian show after that, noted ESPNCricinfo. Warne perfectly pulled back things and swayed the fortune in their favor while Ponting steered the batting to win the first game.
Game 2 Schedule
Date: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2015
Time: 6:00pm Houston time (12:00 am Uk time)
Venue: Minute Made Park, Houston
Team Sachin Tendulkar: Sachin Tendulkar (Captain), Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Mahela Jayawardene, Carl Hooper, Moin Khan, Muttiah Murlitharan, Graeme Swann, Curtly Ambrose, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Shoaib Akhtar
Team Shane Warne: Shane Warne (Captain), Matthew Hayden, Michael Vaughan, Ricky Ponting, Jonty Rhodes, Jacques Kallis, Andrew Symonds, Kumar Sangakara, Saqlain Mushtaq, DanielVettori, Courtney Walsh, Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Allan Donald, Ajit Agarkar
Live Stream: Star Sports