Legendary India cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar will ring the iconic Lord’s Bell to signal five minutes before the official start of the second of the five-match Test series against England.
Meanwhile, the management introduced this tradition way back in 2007. Since then, several eminent people from the cricketing fraternity and a few other honourary personalities as well have come to initiate a Test match ringing the bell.
The bell is located outside the Bowlers’ Bar of the Lord’s Pavilion. Moreover, it is a great matter of pride for the guest to initiate a Test match at Lord’s. Over the years, several legends like Sir Vivian Richards, Ian Botham, Mike Gatting, Graham Gooch, Richie Benaud, Shane Warne, Waqar Younis, Clive Lloyd, Graeme Smith, Wasim Akram, Kumar Sangakkara, Brendon McCullum, Brett Lee, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh, Brian Lara and so on have done his prestigious job.
From India, Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sunil Gavaskar, and the Nawab of Pataudi had the privilege prior to Sachin Tendulkar today.
Lord’s took to Twitter from their official handle to announce the news. The bell-ringers for the subsequent days of the Test match will be disclosed later.
“@sachin_rt will be ringing the five-minute bell before the start of play today,” they wrote.
🔔 @sachin_rt will be ringing the five-minute bell before the start of play today 🙌
— Lord's | Ticket Ballot now open! (@HomeOfCricket) August 9, 2018
Sachin Tendulkar-one of the legendary batsmen
Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest components of the game and his numbers speaks volumes of his ability. He holds the record for most international matches played, international runs scored, international hundreds and much more.
Tendulkar notably played his first ever Test match against England at the Lord’s in 1990. Interestingly, he also played his last ever competitive match in the same venue in 2014 post his international retirement, when he played for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
He has been an honorary member of the club since 2010) against a Rest-of-the-World XI, on the occasion of the Lord’s ground’s 200th birthday. The venue belongs to the MCC.
As latest news coming from the Lord’s, the umpires have decided to delay the toss due to a slight drizzle. The covers are on and there are no signs of it stopping soon.
England currently leads the series 1-0 after the win at Edgbaston, Birmingham last week.