Australian batsman Aaron Finch disclosed some intriguing insights about his encounters with legends, such as Sachin Tendulkar at the exhibition game between the Marylbone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Rest of the World (ROW) at the Lords Cricket Ground on the event of its bicentenary. The dashing opener, who crushed 181 of only 145 balls, was apprehensive about running the Master Blaster out throughout their 107-run opening stand.

“The thing that I was most apprehensive about, accept it or not, was running Sachin out. Since I knew I would not be permitted back in India, or out of London, on the off chance that I ran Sachin out on a stage like that, in potentially the last competitive game of his profession, said Finch, who ascribed his remarkable execution, which incorporated 23 fours and six sixes, to the vicinity of any semblance of Tendulkar and Brian Lara.

“At the end of every over he (Sachin) would come up to me and go, ‘I think he’s trying to swing it’ or ‘Maybe he’s trying to get some movement off the seam. So he was very in-depth in the way he thought about the game and how he thought they were trying to get him out. Brian was a little bit different, he was more chilled out and didn’t like to talk a hell of a lot, so it was pretty hard to get too much out of him,” added Finch.

The good to beat all was the moment when both Lara and Tendulkar strolled up to the top-scorer with a solicitation to sign a shirt for them. “You simply never anticipate that that will happen. Myself and Dan Vettori were weighing up the best time to get them to sign a shirt here or there, yet when they stroll up to you and ask to sign a shirt, that is really extraordinary,” related the Victorian.

The tornado innings from Finch obscured Yuvraj Singh’s 132 which moved the ROW side to a respectable aggregate of 293 for seven, which was overcome by MCC with seven wickets and 25 balls to extra.