Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar made his off-field cricketing debut as he turned a commentator during the England-South Africa tournament opener in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Kennington Oval on Thursday. In the commentary panel, Sachin was joined by his former team-mates Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and former captain Sourav Ganguly in the panel of experts. All of them were a part of India's 2003 World Cup campaign where they had finished as the runner-up. However, Sachin, Viru and Bhajji then went on to create history in the 2011 edition where they went on to win their second World Cup after a 28-year long wait at the Wankhede Stadium.
Here's how the fans reacted when they witnessed the Master Blaster making his commentary debut at the showpiece event along with former team-mates and best friends.
Meanwhile, England got to a competitive total of 311/8 in their 50 overs, riding on the half-centuries of Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Joe Root. Stokes top-scored for the hosts with a 79-ball 89. Captain Eoin Morgan (57) was involved in a 106-run partnership with Ben Stokes while opener Jason Roy (54) and Joe Root (51) were also involved in a 106-run stand, after they had suffered an early setback in the very first over of the match, losing Jonny Bairstow.