Since the inception of the sport, getting a hundred or a five-wicket haul at the Mecca of cricket, Lord’s is the ultimate individual achievement for any cricketer. Lord’s has a unique way of celebrating any cricketer’s achievements at the ground as they etch the names of players who get a hundred or a five-wicket haul on the Lord’s honours board. KL Rahul became the latest Indian batter who got his name on the revered honours board as he notched up a brilliant century in the second Test of the England vs India series.
In this piece, we are looking at the ten Indian batters who have made their way to the honours board at Lord’s.
VINOO MANKAD (1952)
Vinoo Mankad was the first Indian to grace the Lord’s Honours Boards after he scored 184 runs in the second innings of the 1952 England vs India Test series. He had also added 72 to the scoreboard and claimed five wickets in the first innings as well.
DILIP VENGSARKAR (1979, 1982, 1986)
Dilip Vengsarkar was one of the few Indian batters who loved his time in England. Lord’s seem to get the best out of Vengsarkar, so much so that the right-handed batter is the only Indian batter to find his name three times on the Lord’s honours board. On every tour of England, Vengasarkar made sure he got a century at Lord’s.
GUNDAPPA VISHWANATH (1979)
The idol of the great Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath, the legendary batter, made a classy 113 off 337 balls in the same match as Dilip Vengsarkar during India’s 1979 tour to England.
RAVI SHASTRI (1990)
The current head coach of Indian cricket, Ravi Shastri would have welcomed KL Rahul to the Lord’s honours board club as he found himself in a similar position back in 1990. Ravi scored a wonderful 100 back in 1990 in the same match as Mohammed Azharuddin.
MOHAMMED AZHARUDDIN (1990)
As mentioned earlier, former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin was yet another Indian batter who managed to get a century at Lord’s. Azhar had a particular liking towards the English bowlers and he didn’t spare them in any match.
SOURAV GANGULY (1996)
Making your debut is in itself pretty special but if you round it up with a century then it certainly is the cherry on the top. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly did exactly that. He scored a remarkable 131 in the second innings in his debut match.
AJIT AGARKAR (2002)
This is a name that will shock everyone reading this blog. People would expect the likes of Sachin Tendulkar or Sunil Gavaskar to be on this list, but it is the Mumbai born pacer Ajit Agarkar who scored an unbelievable 109 runs off 190 balls at Lord’s in 2002.
RAHUL DRAVID (2011)
Rahul Dravid has always been a thorn in the side of the English but unfortunately, in 2011 he proved to be the only thorn in their way. He scored more than 26 per cent of India’s runs on that tour and none more spectacular than his 103 at Lord’s.
AJINKYA RAHANE (2014)
Batting first on a green top hasn’t been easy for any batter let alone an Indian batter but back in 2014, Ajinkya Rahane made the conditions at Lord’s look like his backyard in Mumbai. This was the career-defining knock for Rahane and his 103 helped Indian pull off a famous victory at the home of cricket.
KL RAHUL (2021)
The latest Indian batter to join this elite list is KL Rahul. The Indian opener made a gritty 129 off 250 balls and that helped set up the back beautifully for Team India. For his century, which he rates as his best-ever knock, KL Rahul was awarded the Man of the Match award in the second Test.
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