Rich & famous 'lord over' cricket's Mecca
Sachin Tendulkar is yet to taste success at Lord's, but he has virtually made it his second home. When in London, he lives just down the road from the famous venue. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal reports.cricket Updated: Jul 19, 2011 00:02 IST
Sachin Tendulkar is yet to taste success at Lord's, but he has virtually made it his second home. When in London, he lives just down the road from the famous venue. Among the Indians, earlier, the famous owner of a property here was the late Raj Singh Dungarpur, a former Indian cricket board president.
The list of celebrities living around Lord's is not just restricted to cricketers. The other famous address around the area includes English boxing sensation Amir Khan.
Amir has a flat opposite Mound Stand. But, like Tendulkar, he comes here occasionally, as he is known to spend most of his time in his hometown, Bolton.
St John's Wood is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in London and a great address to have. The talk of the town is the top-floor flat of the building opposite the stadium's main gate, having recently been sold for £6 million. But Amir's flat is said to be more expensive.
Gary Linekar lives in the area behind the main pavilion. Paul McCartney is believed to live on the other side.
Earlier, the best view of the cricket action in the middle was from Amir's building, but it is now blocked after additional stands were built on Mound Stand. Now, the building enjoying the best view is that of Linekar, reveals an official working at the cricket's headquarters.
Among the footballers, Linekar is a keen cricket enthusiast and is seen frequenting England's international games at Lord's. One of the most famous names in sports here, Alex Ferguson, has been to Lord's a few times but hasn't developed a taste for the game. In fact, his visits to the Mecca of cricket have been forced and make for interesting anecdotes.
"Once Ferguson had to come here for a press conference before the Champions League game against Chelsea as some activity was on at Stamford Bridge. He happened to arrive more than half an hour before the scheduled time and didn't know how to kill time.
"While everyone sent requests for a cup of tea with the high and mighty of cricket, Ferguson had tea coolly, sitting in one of the security cabins with an old acquaintance of his son."