There are only three cricket grounds all over the world on which every cricketer dream to play at least once in his career. These three grounds are Lord’s Cricket Ground in London (England), MCG in Melbourne (Australia), Eden Gardens in Kolkata (India). Among them probably Lords is the most famous because no other stadium in the world have the nostalgia and the gentlemanly feeling which is associated with Lords. Its is also referred as “The Mecca Of Cricket” all over the world.
The ground was found by Thomas Lords almost 230 years ago. The owner of the ground is Marylebone or MCC and ECB. Very few people know that Thomas Lords has created three stadium between 1787 and 1814, and the Lord’s which we know today is the third of three stadium. the first one named Lord’s Old Ground was used uptil 1810, second one named Lord’s Middle Ground was used from 1811 to 1813. The first match played on the third Lord’s (Mecca Of Cricket) was in 1814. On 200th anniversary of the Lord’s Cricket Ground a friendly 50 over cricket was organized in June 2014 between the MCC XI and the Rest of the World XI, captained by legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne.
The Lords has a distinguish pavilion with two different rooms for the home and visiting teams. The galleries of these two rooms overseas the ground.To travel to and from ground to the pavilion each player has to go through a ‘Long Room’ where all MCC members sit and watch the game. This ground has witnessed some of greatest moments of the cricketing history such as Clive Lloyd lifting the first ever world cup in 1975, Kapil Dev 175* against Zimbabwe in world cup semifinal, who can forget the hairy chest of Saurav Ganguly at Lord’s balcony, India winning 2013 Champions trophy and list never ends. The lord’s cricket Ground has a honor yo host three ICC Cricket World Cup finals, more than any other ground of the world.
It’s home to the world’s oldest sporting museum
The Lord’s Cricket ground are home to the Marylebone Cricket Club’s museum. The collection housed here was begun in 1864, while the museum itself was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.
The museum includes one of the worlds most celebrated collections of cricket memorabilia, and spans the entire history of the game from its emergence in the 18th century right through to the modern age. Some of Its key item include the original Ashes urn, and various uniforms, bats belonging to history’s greatest player.
Honours board in dressing room
The Lord’s honours boards commemorate cricket players who have scored a century or taken 5 wickets in an innings in a Test match at Lord’s. The honours boards are located in the dressing rooms in the pavilion with the boards commemorating England players in the home dressing room, and the boards commemorating players from other nationalities in the away dressing room. Both dressing room have separate boards for batting and bowling.
It is considered as a great distinction to be named on either the batting or bowling honours boards. to be named on both is an exceptional achievement and only eight players have managed this till now. Those players are England’s Gubby Allen, Ray Illingwoth, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff and Stuart Broad along with Australia’s Keith Miller, the West Indies Sir Garfield Sobers and India’s Vinoo Mankand. A number of legendary players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Brian Lara are not even named on the honours board.
Lord’s Five Minute Bell
The ringing of the five minute bell at Lord’s by an international cricketer, administrator or well known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition introduced in 2007.
the bell, which is located outside the Bowler’s Bar of the Lord’s pavilion, is rung to signify the imminent start of play, and it has become a great honour to be invited to ring it on the morning of match.
Weather vane at Lord’s
Old Father Time is a weather vane at Lord’s , in the shape of Father Time removing the bails from a wicket. The weather vane is a total of 1.98 m tall, with the figure of Father Time standing in 1.6 m. It was given to Lord’s in 1926 by the architect of the Grandstand.
Although frequently refer to as ‘Old’ Father Time in television and radio, ‘Old’ is not part of the official title. The symbolism of the figure derives from Law 16(3) of Laws of Cricket : “After the call of Time, the bails shall be removed from both wickets.”
The grounds house the world’s biggest collection of cricket books
Besides the museum, Marylebone Cricket Club also run a sporting library; spanning over 17,000 titles and growing at rate of 400 books per year. The collection contains latest as well as old and rare acquisitions, magazines and pamphlets right from the beginning of cricket.
Cricket is not the only sport to have been played at Lord’s
Lord’s houses a real tennis court, which is open daily throughout the years to its members. Besides tennis, bowling is also played at Lord’s. It also hosted a baseball match once.
Lord’s is famous for its sloping field
Lord’s have a sloping field which can be felt clearly while standing on ground. Its geographical deviation is known as the Lord’s slope – from the north-west to the south-east sides of playing surface there is a two and half meter drop, which is known to affect the performance of both bowlers and batsmen