India's heroes in the 2002 Natwest series final: Where are they now?
Great teams in sports have earned nicknames that have gone on to be synonymous with the team itself, a great example in cricket being ‘The Invincibles’, the great Australian team in the 1940s captained by none other than Sir Donald Bradman. In football, ‘The Busby Babes’, Manchester United’s great team in the late 1940s and 1950s coached by Matt Busby earned the nickname for the youngsters in the team who went on to perform remarkably. Surely, the Indian team led by Sourav Ganguly in the early 2000s deserve a nickname, having immortalised themselves by chasing 326 against England in the final of the Natwest Series in 2002.
The group of players achieved a remarkable feat, ensuring a place in history by recording the highest successful run chase in cricket history at that point. Also, that win sparked a revolution in the way cricket was played in India and created a sense of belief in the squad.
We take a look back at the playing XI of the final against England and where they are now:
1) Virender Sehwag
A dashing 24 year old at that stage, Virender Sehwag was just establish himself as one of the most aggressive openers in the world. Today, Sehwag is the founder of the Sehwag International School in Jhajjar, Haryana. The school boasts of advanced sports facilities and highly proficient faculty for students to learn varied sports but also the spirit of sportsmanship. Sehwag is also an esteemed cricket commentator, lending his voice to Hindi commentary. At the same time, he is a full time legend on social media as seen below: