As England and India clash at Lord’s Cricket Ground today, MiD DAY brings you the most amusing, unusual and controversial events at the hallowed venue. PICS/GETTY IMAGES
Dhoni’s double role: In the absence of pacer Zaheer Khan, who suffered a hamstring strain after bowling 13.3 overs on Day One of the first Test on July 21, 2011, India skipper at the time, Mahendra Singh Dhoni pulled off his big gloves and took the ball soon after lunch on Day Two. The wicketkeeper-batsman bowled 10 overs in the match — eight in first innings and two in the second
Bloody Ricky: Australia skipper Ricky Ponting waves out for medical help after being hit by a bouncer from England pacer Steve Harmison on the grill of his helmet on Day One of the first Ashes Test on July 21, 2005
Snow in Sunny’s way: Sunil Gavaskar bumps into England fast bowler John Snow while taking a single in the 1971 Test match. Snow’s physical action was deemed ugly by the authorities who banned him for a Test. PIC COURTESY: PAGEANT OF CRICKET by David Frith
Michael Angelow at work: A streaker named Michael Angelow vaults over the stumps during the England vs Australia Test in 1975. Umpire Bill Alley, England batsman Alan Knott, Aussie wicketkeeper Rod Marsh and the slip fielder are amused
Dirty business: Mike Atherton was the first cricketer to be caught tampering with the ball when he rubbed dirt on it during a Test match against South Africa at Lord’s in 1994. The former England captain was caught on television digging into his pocket and then rubbing dirt on the ball. Atherton denied tampering, claiming that he had dirt in his pocket which he used to dry his hands. He was fined 2,000 pounds by the match referee
Worst yet to come: David Gower looks dejected after losing the Lord’s Test to India in 1986. While this was happening, the selectors told Mike Gatting that he was England’s new captain. Gower later admitted that he was gutted over being the last one to be told about his sacking as captain
Final delivery: Writer and broadcaster John Arlott (1914-1991) ends his final spell of commentary during the 1980 Centenary Test between England and Australia. When an announcement was made on the PA system, the entire Australian team, who were on the field and on-crease batsman Geoff Boycott clapped in appreciation
Lord's Cricket Ground in England is considered to be the Mecca of international cricket. Over the years, there have been various records, controversies and other such instances that have been witnessed on this esteemed cricket field. We list out a few...
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