Lord’s is regarded as cricket’s holy ground. The ground has a particular place in the hearts of every cricketer. Lord’s has a unique practice of carving players’ names on honors boards to recognize great achievements. This prestigious award is presented to a batsman who scores a century or a bowler who takes five or 10 wickets in a match.
It’s hugely significant to reach a milestone at Lord’s Cricket Ground. To say the least, scoring a century at Lord’s Cricket Ground is no minor achievement. In the history of the game, only a few Indians have managed to accomplish this accomplishment. At Lord’s, 10 Indian players have so far managed to achieve a century.
Former Indian player Vinoo Mankad was the first Indian player to be inducted into the Lord’s Honours Board. In the third innings of a match against England in 1952, he scored 184 runs to lead India to a 378-run total. The match ended in a tie, but the knock is still one of the most memorable tons in Indian cricket history. He scored 2109 runs in 44 matches for an average of 31.5 throughout his cricket career.
In the late 1970s and 1980s, Dilip Vengsarkar was an important part of the Indian squad. Vensarkar was one of India’s finest batsmen back then. He hit 17 centuries in his cricket career, three of which were at Lord’s Cricket Ground. In 1979, Vengasarkar scored his first century, scoring 103 off 295 balls. In 1982, he struck 157 off 264 balls, and Dilip Vengasarkar hit his third century at Lord’s in 1986, scoring 126 not out.
During India’s 1979 tour to England, the former India batsman hit a magnificent 113 at Lord’s. During India’s 1979 trip to England, Vishwanath scored 113 runs off 337 balls in the same match as Dilip Vengsarkar. Viswanath played Test cricket for India from 1969 to 1983, participating in 91 games and scoring over 6,000 runs.
India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri, and Indian skipper Azharuddin scored centuries during India’s 1990 tour of England. Shastri was a member of the Indian national cricket team from 1981 to 1992, playing in both Tests and One-Day Internationals. In his career, he was one of the few batsmen in the world who batted in every position. Ravi Shastri has 11 Test centuries, with seven of them coming outside of India. Shastri has 3830 runs at an average of 35.79 in 80 Tests.
Mohammad Azharuddin, the former Indian captain, began his Test career with a century at Eden Gardens in 1984 and went on to score hundreds in his following two Tests. The rest, as they say, is history. M Azharuddin is regarded as one of India’s best captains, having guided the team to 103 ODI victories and 14 Test victories.
In his maiden test match against England at Lord’s Cricket Ground in 1996, Sourav Ganguly, one of India’s most successful leaders and batsmen, scored 131 runs. He was a remarkable left-handed batsman as well as a brave leader. During his cricket career, Sourav Ganguly has amassed a large number of runs. In Test cricket, he hit 16 hundred, with his first coming at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
In 2002, the former Indian bowler demonstrated his batsmanship by scoring a century at Lord’s. Agarkar scored 109 runs in an unbeaten inning. In the fourth innings, India required nearly 500 runs to win the Test. The former Indian bowler smashed a century but couldn’t help his country win the match. He made 109 runs off 190 balls. In the end, India was unable to reach the target of 170 runs.
During India’s 2011 tour of England, Rahul Dravid struck 103 from 220 balls at Lords. England coach Andy Flower named Dravid India’s man of the series after scoring more than 26% of India’s runs. Rahul Dravid scored nearly 13,000 runs at an average of 52.3 in his remarkable Test cricket career, including 36 hundred.
India’s 2014 tour of England got off to a good start with a 95-run victory in the second Test. India batted first in the match and was immediately placed under strain. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, but Ajinkya Rahane remained unfazed. He then went on to hit a century, leading India to a total of 295 runs. Rahane hit 15 fours and one six in a 103-run innings off 154 balls.
After scoring a century on the second day of the current second Test between India and England at Lord’s, KL Rahul became the 10th Indian to be admitted into the Lord’s Honours Board. He reached the landmark with a boundary.