1998 Sharjah Coca-Cola Cup final- India XI: Where are they now?
One of the most memorable series victories in the history of Indian cricket, The Coca-Cola Cup 1998 in Sharjah is still vivid in many cricket lovers’ memories. The memories of Sachin Tendulkar hitting the Australian bowlers all over the park still resonates in everyone’s mind and the pictures of a jubilant Indian squad have permanently captured a place in the history of Indian cricket.
India, under the leadership of Mohammad Azharuddin successfully chased the daunting target of 272 to trump the mighty Australians in the final. Indian batting maestro, who also propelled India to the final with a century in the game before, scored another in the final to help India achieve that wonderful feat.
The other 10 members also contributed to a certain extent and we thought of taking a trip down the memory lane to find out about the members of that triumphant squad. 18 years down the line, what are they doing now? For many Indian cricket fans, that was a cherished childhood memory which they still treasure and we thought of giving them a chance to relive that nostalgia once again.
Let’s start the journey (according to batting order in the final)
1. Sourav Ganguly
The stylish southpaw, who scored 23 in the final, stitched an opening partnership of 39 runs with his partner Sachin Tendulkar. Sourav Ganguly was dismissed by Damien Fleming in the final.
Ganguly, one of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket, retired in 2008. Besides being the chairman of the BCCI Technical Committee, he is also the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal. Before venturing into cricket administration, the former skipper also made his name as an eminent commentator.
Apart from his cricketing duties, the charismatic Ganguly also hosts a popular Bengali quiz show called Dadagiri on television.