India vs England 2018: 3 instances when India gave England a taste of their own medicine
2. Ganguly's shirt waving at Lord's
One of the finest captains of Indian team, he is also remembered for his iconic shirt waving scene in the balcony of the Lords stadium after India's win in the Natwest series final against England in 2002.
3rd February 2002, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai- Before the Natwest series in England, England visited India for 3 Tests and 6 ODIs. They lost the test series 1–0 and were trailing by 2–3 before the final ODI. Chasing 256 in the 6th ODI, India was in a comfortable position till the 37th Over.
Ganguly was dismissed in a bizarre fashion for a well-played knock of 80 runs which triggered a collapse. Hemang Badani tried to save the game for India, but the batsman on the other end didn’t provide any support to him. India needed 6 runs from last 3 balls with 2 wickets in hand. Flintoff who was bowling the final over, ran Kumble out and then dismissed Srinath off the next ball.
England team started celebrating but Flintoff did something more than that. He took off his shirt and ran around the pitch in wild celebration.
13th July, 2002, Lord's Stadium, London- Few months later, the Indian Cricket Team led by Sourav Ganguly went to England to play the Natwest Trophy which was a triangular ODI series between India, England and Sri Lanka.
After every team played each other thrice, India and England qualified for the finals to be held at Lord’s.
Riding on Marcus Trescothick's and Naseer Hussain's centuries, England had set a target of 326 in 50 overs. In reply, India were 146/5 after 24 overs with Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid back in the pavilion. An Indian victory was the last thing on anyone’s mind.
it was then, when the young duo of Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif stitched a 121 run partnership for the 6th wicket. Although Yuvraj didn't stayed till the end, Kaif held his nerve to steer the Indian side home with 2 wickets and 3 balls remaining.
India won the Natwest series final, and it was when, Ganguly took off his jersey and twirled it for some time at the famous Lord’s balcony. Since then, this iconic scene has been etched in the memory of the fans.
Published 22 Jul 2018, 12:46 IST