Sachin Tendulkar left dejected after rain denies him Lord’s ‘debut’
The Indian cricket fans were not the only one who were left disappointed after persistent rain washed out the entire first day of the second Test match between India and England at Lord’s in London on Thursday. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar also had a big reason to be saddened following the day’s loss.
Tendulkar was at Lord’s on Thursday and was all set to ring the iconic bell for the first time to declare the game open.
Tendulkar took to Twitter and said: “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
The play was called off at 4.50 pm local time without a single ball being bowled. The match officials decided to take an early lunch, moving the scheduled break ahead by 30 minutes. Even after lunch, there was no respite from the rain and it went on throughout the afternoon.
Finally, 45 minutes after the tea break’, the umpires inspected conditions twice before declaring no play was possible.
The remaining four days will see 96 overs each to make up for the lost time. However, there is more rain forecast for this weekend and as such this match could see routine rain breaks.
By ringing the bell at Lord’s, Tendulkar would have joined other Indian cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, MAK Pataudi, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly.
Tendulkar, arguably the best batsman to have played the game, was made an Honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2010. He played his first Test at Lord’s in 1990.