Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar finally made their dream come true as they gathered some of the greatest cricket players of ?recent decades? to play a match for more than 30,000 fans in the US. The ?Australian spinner? and the ?Indian batting maestro? considerably created one of the most important events in cricket history as they journey towards a cricket globalization, with America as their first stop in the three-match Twenty20 Cricket All-Stars series, according to the Guardian.
Held in the New York Mets? Citi Field Stadium, the All-Star match of outstanding cricket players amazed the crowd of 36,000 fans with Warne?s Warriors beating Sachin?s Blasters in an exhilarating match. ?I think it showcased the game of cricket really, really well and that?s the one thing,? Warne said in an interview with the Guardian. ?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.?
On the other hand, Tyler Rattray and Dan Taneski, two Americans who saw a cricket game for the first time, savored the moment but weren?t really convinced about the sport. ?It?s a fun experience and I would go to a game for that, but I don?t think I could follow the game,? Taneski explained.
Most of the applaud would go to the Indian star, with ?Sachin? being screamed in the stadium , wearing blue Indian shirts with the record-breaking batsman?s name on the back, according to First Post. But for Warne, it will still be a memorable experience. ?I thought it was fantastic, the atmosphere was amazing,? he said. ?The music, crowd, [and] atmosphere ? it was nothing not to like. How could you not enjoy that experience today? It was fantastic,? Warne said.
Tendulkar also mentioned why they created the All-Star game in the first place. ?The whole idea of Cricket All Stars is that, to try to get as many nations together to celebrate this,? he shared. ?It was electrifying.?
The next two games will be held in Houston (November 11 at the Minute Maid Park) and Los Angeles (November 14 at the Dodger?s Stadium) and should bring in another set of excited long-time and future cricket fans around the area.
Cricket All-Stars Lineup 2015:
Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Michael Vaughan, Jacques Kallis, Kumar Sangakkara, Andrew Symonds, Jonty Rhodes, Saqlain Mushtaq, Wasim Akram, Daniel Vettori, Courtney Walsh, Allan Donald, Ajit Agarkar
Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene, Carl Hooper, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Moin Khan, Graeme Swann, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shoaib Akhtar, and Curtly Ambrose.