All Indian fans on most occasions wanted aggressive batting from the Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly also wanted that but once he got angry on Sehwag due to his aggressive batting.
Ganguly narrated an interesting incident on AajTak where he is aa cricket expert. The incident occurred in a match between England and India in the famous 2002 NatWest Trophy final where India achieved a remarkable win. India were chasing a mammoth total of 326 runs and won by 2 wickets.
The incident happened when two openers – Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly – were chasing the mammoth total. India started the chase well as the run-rate was over 6 RPO. Ganguly advised Sehwag to control his aggressive hitting as India didn’t want to lose too many wickets in the beginning. But Sehwag did not pay heed to his captain and instead continued blasting to the bowlers.
Ganguly reminisced, “I kept telling Sehwag to go easy in NatWest final. I kept telling him, he would promise but will go on hitting. I gave up the hope!”
Then Ganguly added, “I thought I would tell him that I will send him back to India straight from Lord’s!”
However, after sometime Sehwag departed scoring 45 runs that laid foundation for one of India’s biggest achievement in ODI cricket.