Tendulkar to make Lord's return
Published: 05 February 2014
Sachin Tendulkar will once again play at Lord's as he captain's MCC against the Rest of the World for the Lord's Bicentenary match on Saturday 5 July.
This is the second time Tendulkar has appeared at Lord's in such a fixture, having captained the Rest of the World side - scoring a majestic century in the process - in the Princess of Wales Memorial Match in 1998.
"It is an honour to be asked to captain the MCC side in such a prestigious fixture, and I am delighted to accept" said Tendulkar.
"Lord’s is such a special place to play cricket and I am very much looking forward to help celebrate its bicentenary by taking part in this match.
"I was delighted to be presented with an MCC Honorary Life Membership in 2010, and it will be a privilege to play at the Home of Cricket once again."
The most prolific run scorer of all time, and the biggest cricket icon the world has ever known, Tendulkar has broken seemingly every batting record there is to break, and will forever be immortalised as a true legend of the game.
A tribute to Sachin
The only man to make 100 international hundreds - a mark that will surely stand the test of time - Tendulkar’s 24 year career that saw him take in 200 Test matches and 463 ODIs until his international retirement last year at the age of 40 will surely be remembered as the greatest of all time.
Making his debut at the age of 16 in Karachi in 1989, Tendulkar was always destined for greatness, proved in his maiden Test innings as a 17 year-old as he saved the match against England at Old Trafford the following year.
That innings proved to be the first of many as Tendulkar enthralled fans worldwide with his elegant stroke-making, racking up centuries against every other Test nation - in fact making scores of over 150 against all of them too.
It will be a privilege to play at the Home of Cricket once again
As well as his 51 Test centuries, Tendulkar was able to adapt his skills for limited overs matches, with some of his finest moments coming in the fifty over game.
Tendulkar was named as player of the 2003 World Cup, and indeed is the player who has scored the most runs at World Cups.
In 2011 Tendulkar helped India to lift the World Cup in their own country, which came the year after he was the first cricketer to hit a double century in an ODI match.
His final ODI hundred was a pivotal one - his 100th in all international cricket, which came against Bangladesh in 2012.
Tendulkar brought the curtain down on his international career in his 200th Test at his home ground of Mumbai in November 2012 to a heroes reception, and has since been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
In 1997 he was named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year