Remembering India’s epic comeback victory over England in 2002

Who can forget Sourav Ganguly taking off his shirt while standing in balcony celebrating India’s win over England in 2002?  This is a day that will always be remembered with pride by Indian Cricket Fans when at Lord’s India won the final of the NatWest Trophy. The Indians were left in ecstasy.

India had a target of 326 to chase when with captain Sourav Ganguly, Virender Shewag opened the match. They added 106 runs for the first wicket followed by quick four dismissals and India was on 146/5.

The next to bat were Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh who did sensible batting. But Yuvraj was caught and was out while sweeping a full-length delivery from Paul Collingwood which landed straight in hands of Alex Tudor. Kaif kept a cool head and continued to bat at 87 not out. An overthrow allowed Kaif to complete the runs making Indians win by two wickets.

Remembering India's epic comeback victory over England in 2002
Remembering India’s epic comeback victory over England in 2002

England had initially won the toss and decided to bat first with opening batsman Marcus Trescothick and former England captain Nasser Hussain. The left and the right-hand combination created havoc for Indian bowlers by adding 158 runs for their teams along with their individual centuries. Andrew Flintoff accelerated the scores making the total look like 325/5 in 50 over. 

The match no doubt is remembered for massive totals added from each side but is also remembered for the aggressive celebrations that cricket world has seen where Ganguly removed his shirt in the complete celebration which was a response to Flintoff’s celebrating the same way when they had won against India on home ground.

As said by commentator Harsha Bhogle it was roller-coaster ride game which eventually reached its pinnacle of ecstasy when India won the match and Sourav Ganguly celebrated standing in the balcony. 

Virender Sehwag tweeted remembering the win on this date and saying that Ganguly did a Salman Khan stealing everybody’s heart. 

Rajiv Shukla who was then the manager of the team remembered the game played by Ganguly, Sehwag, Kaif, and Yuvraj and congratulated them for their contribution to the game.

This date is a history written in golden words in Indian cricket and reminds us of the proud moment.

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