Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar is all set to ring the traditional five-minute bell before the start of first day’s play in the second Test between England and India at Lord’s on Thursday (August 9).
Talking to Twitter, Lord’s Cricket Ground wrote: “@sachin_rt will be ringing the five-minute bell before the start of play today”.
The ringing of the five-minute bell during the Lord’s Test is a recent tradition, introduced in 2007. Other former India internationals to ring the bell at the ‘Home of Cricket’ are – Sunil Gavaskar, The Nawab of Pataudi Jr, Dilip Vengsarkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly.
Tendulkar is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to have the played the game. He played 200 Tests and 463 ODIs for India during his 24-year-old career, scoring the world record number of runs (15921 in Tests and 18426 in ODIs) and centuries (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs).
Fondly known as the Little Master, Tendulkar’s first Test match against England came at Lord’s back in 1990. He was made an Honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2010.
Even though Sachin boasts an outstanding record on English soil, he couldn’t quite leave his mark at the Mecca of Cricket. In contrast to his Test average in England (54.31), Sachin averages only 21.66 at Lord’s in 9 innings without a single fifty or a hundred.
Sachin might have missed out on making it to the Lord’s honors boards, he did make a ton there during a 50-over exhibition match between MCC and Rest of the World back in 1998. The batting maestro also captained MCC to a seven-wicket victory over Shane Warne’s Rest of the World side during the 2014 bicentenary celebration match at Lord’s.