The fans were not the only one who were left disappointed after persistent rain washed out the entire first day of the second England vs India Test at Lord’s in London on Thursday. Well, legendary Sachin Tendulkar also had the same feelings as rain played spoilsport at the Home of Cricket.
At first, the toss was delayed and an early lunch was taken. However, it rained in London throughout the day with play finally called off shortly before 4.50pm with the 6pm cut-off for play to start quickly approaching.
The officials later confirmed that 98 overs, rather than the standard 90, would be played on day two of the game in a bid to make-up lost playing time.
But the washed-out first day made Tendulkar as it robbed him of a prestigious moment. The former India batsman was all set to ring the iconic bell for the first time to declare the game open.
Tendulkar took to Twitter to express his disappointment, tweeting:
“Was all set to ring the bell at Lords to start off the 2nd Test today, but unfortunately the weather had other plans. Hopefully we’ll get to see some good cricket over the next 4 days.”
Was all set to ring the bell at Lords to start off the 2nd Test today, but unfortunately the weather had other plans.😊
Hopefully we’ll get to see some good cricket over the next 4 days. @PaulJheeta, loved the colour of the suit. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/rhcTi6YOfj
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 9, 2018
Tendulkar would have become the fifth Indian cricketer to ring the bell at the iconic stadium. The Indians who have already had the honour of starting a game at Lord’s are Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, MAK Pataudi, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly.
In 2010, Tendulkar became an Honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Tendulkar is the most decorated batsman in the history of the game. He is the leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs. The right-hander has also scored the most number of international centuries.
During the 2014 Bicentenary year at Lord’s, Tendulkar captained MCC against Rest of the World team led by Shane Warne.
Meanwhile, England are leading the five-match series 1-0. The hosts had won the series-opener at Edgbaston by 31 runs.