Sachin Tendulkar was invited to ring the bell at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground ahead of the second Test between India and England but his plans were put on hold after the opening day was called off with rain without even a ball being bowled.
“Was all set to ring the bell at Lord’s 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,” Tendulkar later wrote on his Twitter handle.
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.
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.
Now, the bell will be rung today by former England captain Ted Dexter as Tendulkar will be returning to India on Friday.