The world was stunned to see this form of Ganguly. This anecdote is during the final match between England and Team India at Lord’s ground on July 13, 2002.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has been one of the successful captains of Team India. Sourav Ganguly, popularly known as ‘Bengal Tiger’ and ‘Dada’, has turned 49 today on July 8. Ganguly made many records in his cricket career. Many of his stories are very famous, but people still remember him taking off his T-shirt at Lord’s. The world was stunned to see this form of Ganguly. This anecdote is during the final match between England and Team India at Lord’s ground on July 13, 2002.
‘Dada’ waved T-shirt as soon as he won the match
Natwest series was being played between England and India. The final match of this series was at Lord’s. The stadium was packed with spectators. Zaheer Khan and Mohammad Kaif of Team India were batting. As soon as he took the winning run, captain Sourav Ganguly, sitting in the Lord’s balcony, took off his t-shirt and started waving in the air. At the same time, after defeating the match, England player Andrew Flintoff got frustrated and sat on the pitch.
Ganguly’s reply to Flintoff
Actually, after winning the match, when Sourav Ganguly took out the T-shirt and waved it in the air, it was his reply to Andrew Flintock. In February that year, when England defeated India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Andrew Flintoff took off his t-shirt and ran on the field. Sourav Ganguly took his revenge at Lord’s. After defeating England, he responded to Flintoff by waving his t-shirt. In this match, Yuvraj Singh scored 69 runs and Mohammad Kaif played a brilliant innings of 87 not out, giving Team India a two-wicket victory. However, Ganguly, referring to this incident in his book ‘A Century is Not Enough’, admitted that it was not right to do so. There were many other ways to celebrate the victory.
Sehwag made opener
Sourav Ganguly always used to encourage his teammates and young players. Sourav Ganguly had told in an interview that he recognized the lower order batsman Sehwag and prepared him for the opening. Once Ganguly was adamant about the selection for Sehwag. When told that Sehwag would not be able to handle bouncers on the foreign tour, Ganguly said that how can he say this without giving anyone a chance. After this, on his first overseas tour, Sehwag scored a century against South Africa.