Having missed out on a century at the hallowed venue In his fifth attempt, it's highly unlikely that Sachin Tendulkar would ever feature in the famous Lord's honour board. (Also see: The 8 men who have done what Sachin is yet to achieve)
However, there's still hope for the little master. In 2013, the final of the inaugural World Test Championship will be staged at Lord's. If Tendulkar plays on till then, there's nothing to suggest he won't be able to, the maestro can still rewrite history. (Also see: Sachin Tendulkar mobbed at Lord's)
When Tendulkar was trapped leg-before by James Anderson yesterday to end a scratchy 85-minute innings where he faced 68 balls and struck just the one boundary, the news feeds flung out headlines such as: 'Sachin misses last chance to score a 100 at Lord's' and 'Sachin fails to lord at Lord's, yet again' to name a few.
Tendulkar, who did score a hundred for the Rest of the World against MCC to raise money for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in 1998, was left with a top score of 37 in nine Test innings at the 'home of cricket', made four years ago.
Ironically, Australia's Ricky Ponting and West Indies legend Brian Lara, the other two great batsmen of the last
twp decades, have also failed to make a Test century at Lord's.
Perhaps that's the motivation Tendulkar needs to play on till 2013? Only time will tell.
Tendulkar's record at Lord's (after five Tests)
Runs: 195, HS: 37, Ave: 21.66