India winning the NatWest series’ grand-final against England in 2002, without the major contribution of Sachin Tendulkar and other star performers, is the most memorable victory in India’s cricket history. Sourav Ganguly, recently, recalled that remarkable victory with the Test opener Mayank Agarwal.
At jam-packed Lord’s ground, England captain Nasser Hussain and opener Marcus Trescothick scored centuries to lead the team to set the 326 runs target for India. In reply, Sourav Ganguly-led side had a promising start as the captain and Virender Sehwag stitched 106 runs partnership for the first wicket. But the thing got inauspicious for India when Ganguly lost his wicket as the visitors derailed. Sachin Tendulkar was also out after scoring just 14 runs and India lost five crucial wickets for 146. Many Indian supporters left the stadium because they had no hope of India’s win.
However, Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh turned the fortune for India. They both set the historic sixth-wicket partnership of 121 runs before Yuvraj lost his wicket. In the end, Kaif scored match-winning runs and took India across the line. And after this what happened at Lord’s balcony was history. Ganguly took off his T-shirt and waived it- an image which is still fresh in the mind of every cricket fan in the country.
We all got carried away: Sourav Ganguly
Reminiscing the whole event, BCCI president and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said that the whole team was carried away with the victory. He said that it was one of the great cricket matches he had been part of.
“It was a great moment. We all got carried away, but that’s what sport is. When you win a game like that, you celebrate even more. That was one of the great cricket matches I have been part of,” Ganguly told India Test opener, Mayank Agarwal, in an interview shared by BCCI on their Twitter page, with hashtag #DadaOpensWithMayank.
Meanwhile, he also recalled the defeat in World Cup 2003 against Australia.
Ganguly said, “The World Cup final has its own place. We were smashed by Australia. They were the best team in that generation. As I said before, winning every game hands down except Australia I thought was a great achievement.”