Limited-overs captain of Australia, Aaron Finch only once had the opportunity of sharing the crease with the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The duo opened the batting for Marylebone Cricket Club against Rest of the World as part of the Lord’s Bicentenary celebration match in 2014. Recently, Finch shared his experience of batting alongside Tendulkar.
Chasing a target of 297 runs, Tendulkar and Finch put on 107 runs for the first wicket to get their side off to a good start. The former India cricketer played some glorious strokes during his 44 runs knock.
Finch shares his experience of batting alongside Tendulkar
While things looked in sync from outside, Aaron Finch revealed he was very conscious while batting with Sachin Tendulkar. The swashbuckling Aussie opener revealed that he was always aware of the fact that he may land in trouble if by any chance he got Tendulkar run out.
“All I was thinking was don’t run him out. Just do not run Sachin out. I think it was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, crowds that Lord’s has ever had. It was a huge anniversary, Sachin’s captaining one team, Warnie’s [Warne] captaining the other,” Finch said on the Sony Ten Pitstop Show.
“That was a huge day. I think there was a huge Indian presence at the ground too, they were very loud. Obviously, the chants of ‘Sachin-Sachin’ going up all around Lord’s. And I just kept thinking, ‘If I run him out, I would never hear the end of this. I might not get out of Lord’s”,” he added.
Muttiah Muralitharan finally managed to break the partnership but Aaron Finch kept on going. He murdered the opponent bowling putting up a 181-run knock. Finch also got the opportunity of batting with Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, and later Shivnarine Chanderpaul.