The first Test between India and England to be played at Lord’s cricket ground from July 21 to 25 will be a momentous occasion for many reasons.
It will not only be the 100th Test match between the two sides and the 2000th in the history of the game.
But more significantly India’s champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar will be aiming for his 100th international century in the hallowed Lord’s venue.
India’s batting great has 51 Test tons and 48 centuries in one-day internationals under his belt.
The third Test of the series between India and West Indies which begins on Wednesday will be the 1999th Test.
Tendulkar opted to skip the series in the Caribbean to take a break from a hectic schedule of international cricket but is focused on the upcoming England series, apart from engaging in a new business venture and imparting batting tips to his son Arjun.
The iconic batsman has been regularly visiting the MCC cricket academy to coach his 11-year-old son and passing on tips to other people using the indoor nets.
An honorary life member of the club, Tendulkar, who has been staying at a property he owns near the Lord’s, has been visiting the academy for the past few days, according to reports.
“He (Tendulkar) has been a regular visitor at the Lord’s in recent weeks,” an MCC spokesman was quoted as saying.
And when he is not coaching little Arjun, he is devoting time in his new business venture in Winchester.
Last week Tendulkar was at the Wimbledon where he interacted with the Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer.
Though he has not had a single net session, Tendulkar will start training from this week for India’s four-match Test series against England. In London, Tendulkar has been able to relax, with far fewer bodyguards than normal, according to reports.