IND vs ENG 2nd Test: Indian women cricketer Deepti Sharma to ring pre-match five-minute bell on Day 4 at Lord’s: India’s women team all-rounder Deepti Sharma will ring the 5-minute traditional bell at the Lord’s cricket ground ahead of the start of Day 4 on Sunday. By doing so, Deepti will become the first Indian women cricketer to do the iconic honours at the ‘Mecca of cricket.’ Yesterday, on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test at Lord’s, former India cricketer Farokh Engineer had rung the 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.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 15, 2021
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The 23-year-old Indian women cricketer has played across all formats for India. While she has played just one Test match, she has featured in 61 ODIs and 54 T20Is donning the Indian jersey. She holds a fine average- 83.00 (Tests), 37.58 (ODIs) and 20.43 (T20Is).
Decent with the bowl, she has lent disciplined bowling with her right arm off break bowling services.
Bell at Lord’s
The bell, which is located outside the Bowlers’ 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 a Test match.
IND vs ENG 2nd Test: The list of respected figures reads like a who’s who of the cricketing world with many former international captains and greats having rung the bell to signal five minutes until the beginning of play.
The first such occasion at Lord’s Cricket Ground took place when England welcomed the West Indies to the Home of Cricket in 2007. Legendary batsman Sir Vivian Richards and Peter Baxter, former producer of BBC Test Match Special, were among the bell-ringers for the match, while compatriot Sir Garfield Sobers has also had the Honour.
Indians who have rung the bell at Lord’s
The Nawab of Pataudi
IND vs ENG 2nd Test: Indian women cricketer Deepti Sharma to ring pre-match five-minute bell on Day 4 at Lord’s
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