The first day of second Test match between India and England was called off with rain without even a ball being bowled at Lord's.
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was set to ring the bell ahead of the second Test at Lord's but his plans were put on hold due to rain. It is a recent tradition introduced in 2007.
The former skipper Sunil Gavaskar, The Nawab of Pataudi Jr, Dilip Vengsarkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly are the other former Indian internationals to ring the bell at a Lord’s Test.
Sachin Tendulkar’s first Test match against England came at Lord’s in year 1990 and he was made an Honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2010.
Sachin Tendulkar took twitter and wrote "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."
Sachin Tendulkar was also spotted with Bollywood director Kabir Khan and actor Ranveer Singh.
Kabir Khan posted a picture on his official instagram account with Sachin and Ranveer that read, “Sachin was 9 years old when he saw on television Kapil’s Devils win the World Cup in 1983 right here at this ground".
"That win inspired him to want to play for India. 35 years later we kick off the prep for our film 83 at the Lords… Can’t get better than this can it? @ranveersingh @sachintendulkar #indiaenglandseries #lords #filmprep.”
Was all set to ring the bell at Lords to start off the 2nd Test today, but unfortunately the weather had other plans.😊— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 9, 2018
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
On May 17 2001, Test play was washed out completely at Lord's came 17 years ago when the scheduled opening day of the first Test against Pakistan was washed out due to rain.
Virat Kohli's brigade are trailing 0-1 in the five-match series after losing at Edgbaston by 31 runs.
Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Joe Root (capt), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jamie Porter, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes.