ICC World Cup: It's great to be a spectator for a change, says Sachin

Feb 23, 2015, 08:34 IST | Ashwin Ferro

Sachin Tendulkar, who has played an astonishing six World Cups was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the India vs South Africa match as a guest of the International Cricket Council. Tendulkar (41), who arrived here on Saturday, is ICC's ambassador of this edition of the tournament.

The infamous underarm delivery billboard. Pic/Ashwin Ferro
The infamous underarm delivery billboard. Pic/Ashwin Ferro 

The 2011 world champion said was enjoying the unique experience. "This is the first time that I'm watching an India (World Cup) match as a spectator, and I'm having a great time here at the MCG. It's an amazing experience to be a first-time spectator," said Tendulkar as he chatted with ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson.

The crowd gave Tendulkar the loudest cheer when he appeared on the giant TV screen. Almost instantly, chants of "Saaachin, Saaachin…" echoed from the 86,876-strong crowd at the iconic MCG. Tendulkar was later seen clicking a selfie too.

Melbourne CC promotes under-arm incident
THE infamous underarm episode of February 1, 1981 happened here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) is only happy to promote the venue through that incident which was widely regarded to be against the spirit of cricket. In the third match of a five-game Benson & Hedges World Series Cup final, with New Zealand needing six runs to win, Australia captain Greg Chappell asked his younger brother Trevor to bowl underarm to NZ's Brian McKechnie.

The delivery was legal then and McKechnie in sheer disgust, simply played it back and walked off even as the MCG crowd reacted in shock to what happened. Yesterday, for the India vs South Africa ICC World Cup match, MCC had put up billboards in the stadium, showcasing 'Memorable Cricket Moments at the MCG' and the underarm photo was among a host of others adorning the walls.

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