Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is credited with polishing the new team India. When it comes to Ganguly’s captaincy, the Lord’s final in the NatWest Trophy against England in 2002 is definitely remembered. Despite being on the verge of defeat in this match, Team India won and Ganguly celebrated by taking off the jersey in the Lord’s balcony. This picture is still fresh in the minds of every cricket fan.
Mohammed Kaif, the hero of that victory, also chose this day to retire 2 years ago. Kaif played the most memorable innings of his career then. He scored an unbeaten 87 and won the team by 2 wickets.
India had a target of 326 runs, in the final of the NatWest Trophy against England, India had a target of 326 runs. England, batting first, scored 325 runs losing 5 wickets thanks to the innings of captain Nasir Hussain (115) and Marcus Trescothick (109). At that time this target was large. Chasing the target, India had lost 5 wickets within 150 runs.
All hopes of victory were over. After this, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif shared a 121-run partnership for the sixth wicket to decide the team’s victory. Yuvraj had a brilliant innings of 69 runs before being dismissed. Mohammad Kaif, the hero of this victory, was voted ‘Man of the Match’ for the first time in his career.
Ganguly responded to Flintoff
After winning the NatWest Trophy, Indian captain Ganguly, standing in the balcony of Lord’s ground, took off his jersey and celebrated. It is considered to be the response of former Indian captain to England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. The same year, Flintoff took off his jersey and waved in the air after the victory at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on a tour of India. England won the ODI series 3–3.
Kaif retired on this day 2 years ago, it was an important day in Kaif’s cricket career. He announced it on 13 July, when he decided to retire 2 years ago. Then he wrote that today I am retiring. Exactly 16 years after winning the NatWest Trophy. I am happy that I was able to be a part of that win and the team could come in handy when needed.