As the Indian cricket team gets ready to take on England in the upcoming ODI series which begins on July 12, let’s rewind to 16 years ago when something memorable happened on the balcony of Lords.
On July 13, 2002, Team India led by Sourav Ganguly beat the odds and completed a memorable run-chase against a strong English side at the Home of Cricket.
Chasing 326 for victory, Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh, who were the youngsters in the side took India home with memorable innings from their side.
16 years hence, a lot has changed. Let’s take a look at where the Indian team from the 2002 final is now and how their lives have changed.
Virender Sehwag had got India off to a great start in the final of the Natwest Series in 2002 as he scored 45 in 49 deliveries. He put on a 100 run parternship along with Sourav Ganguly and set the tone.
Since then, Sehwag went on to play for more than a decade and was one of India’s best opening batsmen. He played a huge role in India’s victory in the 2011 World Cup.
After his retirement, he took up various coaching and mentoring roles in the IPL. He is also a renowned cricket commentator in Hindi and is extremely active on social media. He also opened a school in Haryana.
Sourav Ganguly was the captain of the side back then and he was the one who ushered in a new dawn in Indian cricket in the 2000s. Opening the batting with Sehwag, Ganguly scored a quickfire 60 in the final. His shirt-waving moment in the balcony of Lords is still fresh in the minds of all cricket fans all over the world.
Since then, he led India to a lot of success all over the world. He was the captain of the side when they reached the World Cup final in 2003.
Currently, he is the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal. He is also one of the four members of the Indian Premier League's Governing Council.
Dinesh Mongia made a name for himself after leading India to victory in an ODI series against Zimbabwe in 2001. However, he was quite inconsistent since then and failed to do much with the bat or the ball.
He managed to score just 9 runs in the final of the Natwest Series in 2002.
After his retirement, he took up various coaching roles. He was also a part of the rebel Indian Cricket League which does not exist anymore. He also acted in a few movies as well.
The Master Blaster is arguably one of the world’s best ever batsmen. He single-handedly took India to multiple wins over the years. However, he failed to make an impact in the 2002 Natwest Series final as he was dismissed after scoring just 14 runs.
Since then, he went on to play for India for more than a decade and was India’s top scorer in the 2003 and 2011 World Cups.
Since his retirement, he wrote his autobiography and also starred in his biopic – Sachin! A Billion Dreams. He is also the mentor for the IPL team Mumbai Indians. He is also a member of the Parliament.
The “wall” of Indian cricket was known more his Test batting than his ODI batting. However, he did have some notable ODI performances as well. Unfortunately, he did not do much in the Natwest Series final in 2002 as he was dismissed for 5.
He went on to play for India for nearly 10 years after that before announcing his retirement. Since then, he continued to play in the IPL for a few more years.
He is currently the head coach of the Indian Under-19 and India A sides. He was also recently inducted into ICC’s Hall of Fame
Yuvraj Singh was one the stars of India’s win in the Natwest Series final in 2002. He scored 69 runs in 63 balls and put on a 121 run partnership along with Mohammed Kaif for the 5th wicket.
He went on to star for India in the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and World Cup in 2011 as well. He was named the man of the tournament in the latter.
He also fought cancer and made a comeback to cricket in 2012. However, inconsistent performances over the years have led to him being dropped from the side on a number of occasions. He continues to fight for his place in the Indian side.
Mohammed Kaif was the star of the show for India in the Natwest Series final as he top scored with an 87 run knock and took India to their most memorable victory.
He did not have a long career with the Indian cricket team as he was quite inconsistent with the bat. However, he continues to play cricket for the Chattisgarh state cricket team, which he captains.
Harbhajan Singh’s contribution with the end towards the end of the innings led India to victory in the final. He went on to become India’s lead spinner in ODIs and had a memorable career with the Men in Blue.
He played a big role in India’s World T20 win in 2007 and World Cup win in 2011.
While he has not yet retired from international cricket, it looks highly unlikely that he will make a comeback to the national team. He was a part of the Chennai Super Kings title winning side this year.
Anil Kumble did not make an impact in the final of the Natwest Series but he had an extremely successful career with the Indian cricket team. He ended up as the highest wicket taker and the third-highest wicket-taker of all time.
After his retirement, he took up mentoring roles with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. After that, he was appointed the head coach of the Indian cricket team in June 2016 but his tenure did not last long despite great results.
Zaheer Khan was the pick of the bowlers against England as he picked up three wickets. However, he was quite expensive as he gave away 62 runs.
He went on to spearhead the Indian bowling attack for years to come. He was their best bowler in the ICC World Cup in 2011 which they won.
After his retirement, he continued playing IPL until 2017. In 2014, he started a fitness and sports company ProSport Fitness and Services in Mumbai
Ashish Nehra was extremely expensive in the final as he conceded 66 runs in his 10 overs and picked up just one wicket.
He formed a solid partnership with Zaheer Khan for many years and led the Indian pace attack. He was faced with a lot of injuries throughout his career which is why he was in and out of the side. He continued playing T20Is until 2017.
After his retirement, he took up the role of the bowling coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2018.