There is more than just entertainment to play a Test match at Lord’s! It gives a chance of getting remembered in the Lord’s history through the ‘Honours Boards’ in the pavilion. Score a century, pick up a five wicket haul in an innings, pick up a ten wicket haul in a match to book a place on these boards.
These three boards are placed in both the ‘home’ and ‘away’ dressing rooms, which carry the long history of the best batting and bowling performances at the prestigious Lord’s venue.
Having featured in more Test matches than any other visiting Test nation, Australia tops the list with 31 centuries scored at this venue. Starting with their first Test century in 1952 at Lord’s, Indians have scored a total of 11 centuries in Tests played at this venue.
Vinoo Mankad who was a force behind India’s batting in the late 40s and 50s was the first Indian to score a century at Lord’s, scored 184 runs opening the batting for India. And Ajinkya Rahane’s match saving knock of 103 in the 2014 Test match was India’s last Test century at this venue.
Dilip Vengsarkar is the only Indian player to have scored multiple centuries (three) at this venue; he scored all his three centuries in his three consecutive appearances at Lord’s. Also, Vengsarkar is the only visiting player to score three centuries at Lord’s. South Africa’s Hashim Amla (2 Lord’s centuries) has the only chance to level or beat this record in the near future!
Got to give credit to Ajit Agarkar (India’s lower order batsman) for his knock in the year 2002. He is the only Indian bowler (batting at no. 8) to score a century at Lord’s. On a lighter note, players like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and many more did miss the chance to book a place on this board!
Ravi Shastri (coach) and Ajinkya Rahane are the only players in the current ‘India team in England’ to score a Test century at Lord’s! Looking at Virat Kohli’s form, he will surely book a place on the honours board with a century in the second Test match against England.
** Image credits to ‘The Ring Side View’