Dreams and History
World Cup returns to Lord’s after twenty years and the English cricket enthusiasts are all set to witness the final match between England and New Zealand . Aayush Kaudare( 2019 batch) brings us nuggets of history of the iconic stadium, and his vaulting aspirations.
I joined Don Bosco School, the sporting giant of the city, in Std. IX, to pursue my dream of becoming a cricketer.
Around that time I got the rare opportunity to visit Lord’s, ‘the home of cricket’, with my father. I was overwhelmed
When we were at the entry gate, I forgot my inhibitions, and touched my forehead to the ground, as it is no less than a temple for a cricketer .There was a distinct whiff of history , glory and ambition, that wafted through the portals at Lord’s. The aura the stadium exuded cannot be described in words, and the feeling I had was such as I had never felt before. Each room and corridor had paintings of cricketing greats and memorable moments. I was mesmerised by the facts shared by the tour guide. The cricket ground was named after its founder, Thomas Lord.
There is a special room for the Honours Board, that commemorates bowlers who have taken a five wicket haul or batsmen who have scored a century in an innings in a test matchat Lord’s.Only a few are fortunate to etch their names on it. Even a certain god of cricket who batted at number four was unsuccessful to get his name on the board. It houses the MCC ( Marylebone cricket club ) museum, which is the oldest sports museum in the world and contains the world’s most celebrated collection of cricket memorabilia .Lord’s also has one of the largest and most comprehensive collection of books and publications dedicated to cricket. Lord’s also has a bronze statue of Sir William Gilbert Grace who was the captain of the England cricket team and was instrumental in the development of cricket.
The first recorded game played at the current ground was between Marylebone Cricket Club and Hertfordshire on 22 June 1814. The first test match played at Lord’s was between England and Australia on 21 July 1884. The first England players on the honours board were Allan Steel (148 vs Australia), Ted Peate (6-85 vs Australia) and George Ulyett (7-36 vs Australia) all in the 1884 test against Australia. The guide also told us about the highest individual score in a test match at Lords is 333 not out by Sir Graham Gooch (England) vs India in 1990. The best bowling figures are by Ian Botham (England) with 8-34 against Pakistan in 1978. The highest team total at Lord’s in a test match was by Australia in 1930 with 729/6 declared.
It was time to step onto the hallowed grounds. I just stood there silent, breathing fresh air. I imagined myself there with 30000 spectators cheering my name. While leaving I was gutted, as I thought I belonged there. I promised myself on the ground,amidst the silence, that I would work hard and make my dream come true and get my name on the Honours Board.