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MCC vs ROW: The curious case of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Lord’s

MCC vs ROW: The curious case of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Lord’s
Two legends of the game… Brian Lara (left) and Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images

As Lord’s dresses up for the long-awaited Bicentennial match, the world waits eagerly to watch the much-awaited spectacle of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara in tandem. Abhishek Mukherjee has a look at the curious similarity in the international careers of the two giants at the ground.

There has been a humdinger between England and Sri Lanka at Lord’s earlier the season, but it was drowned by the euphoria of the FIFA World Cup 2014. With Wimbledon also stepping up to join the football bonanza, the fans of cricket have been waiting desperately for the Lord’s bicentenary match.

Now that the Titans are about to take the field at the greatest cricket arena of all, one’s mind is diverted almost instinctively to the greatest clashes between them. While Shane Warne versus Sachin Tendulkar and Muttiah Muralitharan versus Brian Lara bring back fond memories, Tendulkar and Lara batting together does not evoke nostalgia of the same order.

This brings us, the followers of the greatest sport of all, to ask: how have the two men performed at the hallowed turf of Lord’s? Let us have a look.

Sachin Tendulkar at Lord’s

Version Opposition Season Runs
Test England 1990

10

27

Test England 1996

31

ODI England 2002

1

ODI England 2002

14

Test England 2002

16

12

Test England 2007

37

16

ODI England 2007

30

Test England 2011

34

12

Certainly not the level expects from the giant. But what about the other man?

Brian Lara at Lord’s

Version Opposition Season Runs
ODI England 1991

23

ODI England 1995

11

Test England 1995

6

54

Test England 2000

6

5

ODI England 2000 Did not bat
ODI England 2004

10

ODI New Zealand 2004

30

Test England 2004

11

44

Lara’s numbers at Lord’s are almost as unimpressive. But then, to answer the fans of both men, who has done worse, even if marginally?

  M I R Ave
Sachin Tendulkar

8

12

240

20.00

Brian Lara

8

10

200

20.00

Same number of matches; the same number of runs scored. Take your pick, if you can: it is as difficult as it used to be in their heydays.

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)

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