Sourav Ganguly, former Indian captain and the current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI], has hailed the 2002 NatWest Trophy win as one of the greatest moments of his cricketing career, adding that nothing beats winning in front of a packed Lord’s on a Saturday.
Ganguly recently appeared on Indian Test opener Mayank Aggarwal’s show Open Nets with Mayank, where he was asked to rate his teams’journey to the finals of the 2003 World Cup and their 2002 NatWest Trophy triumph against England at Lord’s.
“How was it when the Indian Team reached the World Cup final under your leadership and how was it when the Indian team won the NatWest trophy? Out of these two, which one you will rate as the highest,” a fan named Ashok Surya asked Sourav Ganguly.
Replying to the fan’s query, Sourav Ganguly said that while both have a special place in his heart, winning the NatWest Trophy has its own charm.
“They both have their own special place. We got smashed by Australia (in the 2003 World Cup final). They were the best team of that generation. But getting to the World Cup, beating every team hands down, except Australia, was a great achievement.” Sourav Ganguly recalled.
“The NatWest (win) has its own charm”- Sourav Ganguly
While India was completely outplayed by Australia in the 2003 World Cup final, they snatched a win from the jaws of defeat in the 2002 NatWest Trophy final thanks to the whirlwind knocks from Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. Kaif stayed unbeaten at 87 in the end as India chased down 325 to script history.
“The NatWest (win) has its own charm. When you win in England on a Saturday in Lord’s, it’s a remarkable feeling, it was a packed house. It’s a remarkable experience when you walk out at Lord’s in a full house,” he reminisced.
One of the most iconic images from that NatWest Trophy win was of Sourav Ganguly removing his shirt in the Lord’s balcony in what was a retaliation to what Andrew Flintoff has done at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, a few months ago. Speaking on his celebration, Ganguly said ‘we all get carried away in sports’
“I saw the World Cup final there this year when I was commentating, it was a great moment. We all got carried away (after NatWest win) but that’s what sport is, when you win you celebrate and when you win a game like that, you celebrate even more. That was one of the great cricket matches I have been a part of,” Sourav Ganguly said in a promo posted by the BCCI on their official Twitter handle.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 5, 2020