New Delhi. In the year 2002, the Indian team defeated the British in the Nat-West series on the soil of England. Everyone will remember the incident of Sourav Ganguly waving his shirt in the final match played at Lord’s ground. As soon as India scored the winning run. Grandfather standing in the lobby took off his shirt and waved it. Actually, through this he was taking revenge for Andrew Flintoff taking off his shirt on the tour of India. Dada settled Flintoff’s account at Lord’s. During this match, there was also an Indian batsman who, on the lines of his grandfather, had settled his account with the English legend.
India got a target like a mountain
During this series, the command of the Indian team was on the shoulders of Sourav Ganguly while Nasser Hussain was leading the England team. The final match was played between the two countries at Lord’s. On the basis of the centuries of Marcus Trescothick and Nasser, the England team scored 325 runs at the loss of five wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. When the Indian team came for batting, half the team had returned to the pavilion on 146 runs. India’s defeat seemed certain. This was the period when the target of 326 runs was considered like a mountain, which was impossible to distinguish.
Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif made a partnership of 126 runs for the sixth wicket and thus took India’s score beyond 250. Yuvraj played an inning of 69 runs in 63 balls. Kaif remained unbeaten till the end. He scored 87 runs in 75 balls. Together with Harbhajan Singh, he took the game to the end and ensured the victory of Team India.
Nasir Hussain’s cheap act
During an interview, Mohammad Kaif told about Nasir Hussain’s petty act. When Kaif came for batting, Hussain told him that India had mistakenly sent a bus driver for batting. When Kaif scored the winning run, he went to Hussain and replied that it was not a bad innings for the bus driver. In this way, in the same match, two Indian cricketers replied to the British in their own language.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 22, 2023, 17:28 IST