England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 3rd day July 23, 2011

Lord's rises for Tendulkar

Plays of the Day from the third day of the first Test between England and India at Lord's

Shoeing of the day
An inexperienced opening batsman in Test cricket has to expect his fair share of short stuff so it was no surprise to see England test out Abhinav Mukund. He showed impressive resilience although wasn't always convincing and had particular problems with one bouncer from Chris Tremlett. He took his eye off and was smashed on the grille. Abhinav fell over and in the process lost one of his shoes, but then realised Gautam Gambhir was coming through for a single so calmly picked up his boot and ran with it to the other end before lacing it back up again.

Ovation of the day
Lord's knows how to show great players respect - although Ricky Ponting may disagree - and as Abhinav made his way off having dragged on against Stuart Broad the ground rose as one. The crowd would have been appreciative of Abhinav's 49, but the reason they got to their feet was the man coming in at No. 4. Sachin Tendulkar emerged from the Long Room and down the steps to a wonderful reception and as the fans sat down they did so on the edge of their seats.

Let-down of the day
Either side of lunch the full house was treated to Test cricket in its purest form. England bowled superbly and Tendulkar played superbly. He was beaten plenty of times but responded with elegant cover drives which belied his two months with barely any cricket. Those sessions in the indoor school at Lord's had certainly worked. He moved into the 30s, where he has been before on this ground but never beyond, and then Broad returned from the Nursery End. The ball continued to swing, Tendulkar continued to play the drive. Something was going to give and it was Tendulkar. He went for another drive, the edge flew low to second slip where it was swallowed by Graeme Swann. Joy for England, but disappointment for so many others.

Slips of the day
England, though, were far from flawless in the field. Moments after Tendulkar's departure the slip cordon was in business again. Firstly VVS Laxman, before scoring, edged a regulation catch to Andrew Strauss who dropped one of the easier chances of his career. It continued a dodgy time for Strauss in the slips after he spilled two in his Championship outing for Middlesex last month. While he was still stewing from his mistake Rahul Dravid, on 42, edged to Swann at second slip. This one wasn't so easy - Swann had to move low to his right - but it was one he'd expect to hold. Somehow, amid all of this, Broad managed to hold himself together despite knowing three wickets could have been five.

Bouncer of the day
Normally a short ball from Broad wouldn't warrant much comment - except in the context of him needing to pitch the ball up - but, for the first time this season, he chose the right lengths at the right time (and hit the right areas). With Praveen Kumar swinging from the hip Broad was called back into the attack and from the field set it was clear he was going short. Having allowed Praveen to get off strike Broad had one further delivery to him at the end of the over and he made it count. Praveen went to hook a rapid bouncer and top-edged towards a back-tracking Andrew Strauss. In the stands, Chris Broad gave a little fist-pump.

Honour of the day
It seemed absurd that no one in this current India team had his name on the Lord's honours board. Now they have two. First it was Praveen and today one of the famous members of the top order got his name up in black ink. Everyone came hoping it would be Tendulkar, but instead it was Dravid with an outstanding, battling hundred to try and hold his team together. When he brought up three figures with a nudge through midwicket he celebrated with rare emotion. It showed how much it meant.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    @Shiv: Happy to hear that,I'm very relieved.

  • Srinivas on July 24, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    @nskaile, that was the same match from which I started disliking Sachin. He had no reason to go off the strike on the 1st/2nd ball with 11th batsman. As though that isn't enough, he calls and scampers back to the striker's end for a difficult single on the 5th ball of the same over and shoulders arms for the 6th ball. Even regular batsmen get shaken up with Steyn's and Morkel's bouncers. Jaidev Unadkat's a new kid. Shame on Sachin. I know, match was lost by then. But no effort to save us from the ignominy of innings defeat. Selfish to the core. In this match, with Zaheer and Ishant (proven tail to some extent) Dravid still wasn't happy to give them strike. Dravid was livid at Zaheer when he went for some extravagance. Zaheer immediately came back to planet earth and protected his wicket. Unlucky that though Dravid protected them, both of them were gone on 5th balls I think. So, no comparisons between Dravid and Sachin. Don't insult Dravid by comparing him with a selfish fellow.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Y u indians are fighting within yourselves to make ur legends the great........ even though i am a gr8 fan of dravid i would love to see sachin make his 100th ton........ they are all indians and playing for india........ pls stop talking about the failures........... let us hope that both these players combine in the second innings to save the test match........ it was real pleasure to see the partnership between them wch had a run rate near than 5........... hoping to see more frm these two combined legends.............. Chak De India!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    to all those guys who feel dravid doesn't know how to bat with tail, do you know how to hold the grip of the bat?? don't comment with ur miserly knowledge..the man batted with tail last month in jamaica and he scored a magnificent 190 against newzealand with support of srinath n venkatesh prasad...he is master..true legend...the whole cricketing world has acknowledged it....and laxman has never been comfortable when the ball swings...he,shewag are good only when pitches are hard and dry...

  • Nikhil on July 24, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    @salvadordali. Please show some respect to Dravid. He could not have played much better than that. It was the tail that should have shown some responsibility, especially Harbhajan, who I think should be dropped for the next match. Plus Zaheer got a peach of a delivery. Give some credit to Dravid for the way he played. Look at Graeme Swann. The way he batted and bowled should be a lesson for Bhajji. He was so ineffective in the first innings. He didn't look like getting a wicket at any stage of the match except for the first ball.

  • Ravidutt on July 24, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Now where are the Dravid haters? People saying that Virat Kohli should replace him and all that. Just because Kohli scores 500 runs in IPL and Dravid scores about 300 it doesnt mean that hes better than Dravid. Dravid is the most underrated batsman of this generation along with Laxman and Graham Thorpe. Hope we can save this match

  • Ankur on July 24, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Mr. RD for someone who has played 150+ tests, that was a shockingly bad example of how to play with the tail

  • Sri on July 24, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Hmmmm, losing Zaheer like that let KP get the double century and a 450+ score, else we would have seen a sub-300 score from England. Before Pom-fans start bristling here and opining on twenty possibilities, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Hope India have similar luck, so the equilibrium remains :-)

  • Ankur on July 24, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    telling stat. KP batting with tail 50 runs of 25 balls. RD batting with tail 23 runs of 50 balls.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters:it was not a selfish knock dravid played the first 4 balls of tat ovr and took single on the 5th ball and praveen was out last ball,similarly ishanth had to face the last 2 balls of the ovr but was out so it was not a selfish inns

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