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The 2002 NatWest series reminds the Indian fans about the masterstroke of Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh. At that time, they were the youngsters who led the team to victory after India lost a flurry of wickets at the top. Naseer Hussain recalls that he introduced Kaif as a bus driver in that match, but he didn’t know that the youngster was going to change the match scenario.
Chasing the target of 326 in the final, India had already lost the wickets of Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid at 146. Fans had already lost the hope of India’s win, but Kaif and Yuvraj had faith in themselves. They pulled India out of danger and set up a 121-run partnership before Yuvraj got out at 42nd over.
Kaif continued the match with lower-order batsman Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, and Ashish Nehra. He scored unbeaten 87 runs, striking six fours and two sixes. His extraordinary innings at Lord changed India’s cricketing history.
Mohammad Kaif’s reply to Nasser Hussain:
In the recent Sky Sports Podcast, Naseer expressed that after taking the wicket of India’s top-order batsman, he was sure for England’s victory. He admitted that he sledged Kaif, calling him a bus driver.
Well, now, Kaif took Twitter to reply to Hussain’s remark. He said that “thanks to that innings the bus driver drives a convertible now”.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 16, 2020
Hussain also reacted to Mohammad Kaif’s comment, stating that it was just a game.
“Haha .. it was some game mate !! With great memories.. for you anyway. Hope you are well and staying safe bud !”
The victory at the Lord is one of the most memorable wins for India. The then captain Sourav Ganguly took his shirt and swung it vigorously in the Lord’s balcony. Both the moments became immortal in the history of cricket.