Retired cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has said that he is very excited about the opportunity to pair up with West Indian legend Brian Lara for an exhibition match at the fabled Lord’s stadium in England to mark its bicentennial.
The news was confirmed by the Marylebone Cricket Club or MCC that owns the stadium when it said that Lara would join a star studded team skipper by the Indian legend which also features yesteryear stars like Rahul Dravid of India as well as present cricketing icons such as Aaron Finch of Australia and Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan.
According to a news agency in India, Tendulkar was quoted as saying that he and Lara have played together previously back in 1994 at the Sky Dome and had a solid partnership back then and he is looking for something similar when the two take the field at Lord’s in July.
The MCC XI is set to play against a Rest of the World team which will be captained by former Australian legend Shane Warne and also featuring the likes of Sri Lankan spin maestro Mutthiah Muralitharan and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.
According to Tendulkar, it was an absolute joy to watch Lara bat and he always liked to see him scoring heavily, but not against India.
Lara and Tendulkar have always been considered as two of the greatest batsmen of their generation, with opinions divided among cricket lovers on who remains the best among the two.
And in that case, the odds are stacked against Lara where as Tendulkar has broken every record possible during his 24 long years as a part of the Indian national team, scoring over 20,000 runs and 100 centuries in both forms of the game.
The Indian retired from cricket after his 200th test last year.