In the 49-year-old history of ODI cricket, we have witnessed a plethora of memorable encounters; games that kept you at the edge of your seat and still invoke a lot of bitter-sweet memories to this day.
So, with cricket currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Cricket Addictor, thought why not go down memory lane and reminisce five most memorable ODI encounters in the past quarter of a century.
Here’s a look at five most memorable ODIs in the past 25 years-
India vs England, Natwest Trophy 2002 Final
If Kolkata 2001 was the turning point in the history of Indian Test cricket, the same can be said about India’s miraculous win against England in the 2002 Natwest Trophy Final at Lord’s.
It was a game that broke jinx; a game that broke myths; a game that showed the world that the 21st-century Indian team is different; a team that will not bow down to adversity, a team that will not be shy in giving it back to the opposition; a team that will see new heroes emerge and conquer.
And, India did see two heroes emerge that day- Yuvraj Singh & Mohammad Kaif. Chasing 326 to win, India, courtesy a 100-run-stand between Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag, had got off to a brilliant start before a middle-order saw them reeling at 5-146 at the half-way mark.
You could be forgiven to switch off your TV sets when Mohammad Kaif walked out to his crease; even his parents didn’t have any faith as they strolled out to watch Devdas. But Kaif [87*] was determined, as was Yuvraj. And, together the duo started the rebuilding phase. They ran hard between the wickets besides punishing the bad ball.
Yuvraj was initially the aggressor but when the southpaw got dismissed, Kaif brilliantly shifted gears and kept the asking rate afloat. The winning runs eventually came off Zaheer Khan’s bat in the final over when Kaif scampered for a couple to give India one of its most famous wins and an iconic image that Dada Sourav Ganguly still regrets to this day (but we don’t)- of him removing his shirt at the Lord’s balcony; a fitting response to Andrew Flintoff’s antics in Mumbai.