Sachin Tendulkar will ring the bell to signal five minutes before the start of play on Day One of the second England v India Specsavers Test match at Lord’s on Thursday.
Known as ‘The Little Master’, Tendulkar needs little introduction to cricket supporters. The former India star is the leading Test and ODI run-scorer of all time, and is widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest-ever batsmen.
In his 200 Test matches for his country, he scored 15,921 runs, averaging 53.78 and making 51 centuries in the process. He also made 18,426 runs in his 463 One-Day Internationals, with 49 hundreds.
Other former India internationals to ring the bell at a Lord’s Test are Sunil Gavaskar, The Nawab of Pataudi Jr, Dilip Vengsarkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly.
In 1990, Tendulkar’s first Test match against England came at Lord’s, and he was made an Honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2010.
During the 2014 Bicentenary year at Lord’s, Tendulkar captained MCC to a seven-wicket victory over a Rest of the World team led by Shane Warne.
The ringing of the five-minute bell at a Lord’s Test by an international cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition introduced in 2007.
The bell-ringers for the subsequent days of the Test match will be announced via the Lord’s website each day.