Beating England in 2002’s NatWest series is still considered to be a historic Indian win. The game began with the stadium cheering normally for their desired teams. But the situation took an epic turn when Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif got on the field.
The NatWest series final 2002 had never encountered such soaring cheers and whistles of the audiences ever before. The Indian team, which was at 146/5, went on to win the match with an unbelievable score of 326/8, with 3 balls remaining.
The epic performances by Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh are said to be the game-changer of the NatWest finale. Singh boosted the team score by making 57 runs, while Kaif added a score of 87 to the team. The powerful partnership of Kaif and Singh and their glory on the field are still captured scene by scene in the memories of Indian cricket admirers.
What did England captain Nasser Hussain say?
England captain Nasser Hussain during the 2002 series gave his statement on how the change of the ball by umpire Steve Bucknor was the reason behind their loss. Hussain also went on to say how energized the Indian fans had become after Kaif and Singh’s pair turned the fortune of the game. They were instilled with so much confidence and hope that they screamed their lungs out. For a moment, it seemed like Lord’s had been transformed into Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
The men in blue then led by Ganguly won the NatWest series final 2002 with flying colors. It is considered to be one of the greatest ODI matches ever. The video of Ganguly spinning his jersey in the air, beaming with joy, still holds popularity.
Mohammad Kaif still remembers Ganguly’s words ‘Don’t panic’, which were said to him in the dressing room. This had instilled confidence in the young cricketer and resulted in his powerful performance. This well-deserved player was also announced to be the Man of the Match.