London: When he would pad up, each and every pair of eyes at the net session would to be trained on Sachin Tendulkar, but on Friday it was a younger and taller Tendulkar who grabbed everyone's attention.
It was Sachin's son Arjun, who made heads turn.
A section of the Indian media on Friday had gathered at the Lord's cricket ground to watch South Africa's optional training session.
With no ICC Champions Trophy match scheduled at the venue, this was best chance for all the 'cricket devotees' to pay a visit to the 'Home of Cricket'.
The six-foot-plus tall Arjun had come here for a training session, a routine during every English summer for the past few years.
As the scribes hastily started clicking photographs, Arjun's facial expression was one of amusement bordering on irritation.
He quietly walked past the media into the nets, spoke to his coach and then started batting against spinners.
That's Arjun Tendulkar batting at Lord's nets pic.twitter.com/099QMSxvd7— Kushan Sarkar (@kushansarkar) June 9, 2017
For the record, he is left-arm fast bowler, which is his primary cricketing skill.
As the waiting media tried to peep in to watch the proceedings, the other youngsters couldn't help smiling.
A bit of grass for 38 pounds:
A visit to Lord's is never complete if one doesn't visit the Wall of Fame with rare pictures of Ranjitsinhji's leg glance, WG Grace's upright stance or Michael Holding's gazelle like bowling action.
A tour to famous museum needs pre-booking and you are politely told that you won't get a chance till Tuesday.
The souvenir shop is like any other top football clubs shop, where you get the jerseys, caps, mugs and hoodies.
But what stands out is the famous 'Lord's grass' – a bit of it, may be 20 to 25 grams in a transparent glass ball being sold for 38 pounds. Now that's close to Rs 2500.
An Indian visitor made a wisecrack, saying: "We buy Gangajal also and I don't mind shelling out 38 pounds. The Lord's grass is a collector's item."...