IND-AUS players tied black band on arms during match, know why?

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Sports| The fourth and final Test of the series between India and Australia started on the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday. On the field, the players of both the teams tied black bands on the arms. Team India tied black band in the honor of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar's childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar. Coach Achrekar, who gave a rare gift to Indian cricket, died in Mumbai on Wednesday, he was 87 years old.

Achrekar played only one first-class match in his career, but he is credited as the greatest batsman of international cricket after Sir Donald Bradman. Apart from Sachin, Achrekar also coached big names such as Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and Balvinder Singh Sandhu. The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) tweeted that “As a mark of respect to the demise of Mr.Ramakant Achrekar, the team is wearing black arm bands today. #TeamIndia”

The players of the Australian team also tied the black band and landed on the field. Kangaroo players tied Black Armband in honor of former Australian Test cricketer Bill Watson. Actually, on December 29, Bill Watson died at the age of 87. Right-arm batsman Watson made his Test debut against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground in February 1955. Watson played with Australia and New South Wales with Richie Benao, Neil Harvey, Ellen Davidson and Ray Lindwall in this match.

Watson played four Tests from Australia in 1955. In the first class career of eight sessions between 1953-54 and 1960-61, Watson scored 1958 runs with the help of six hundreds and five half-centuries.

On the other hand, the Australian team chose Austin Waugh, the son of legendary cricketer Steve Waugh as an Emergency Fielder for this match. If needed, they will be called for fielding. The 19-year-old Austin will play for the first time in this role.

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