Dona Ganguly, VVS Laxman, and Rahul Dravid re-live Sourav Ganguly’s T-shirt waving celebration at Lord’s
It's been 19 glorious years of India's epic victory in the Natwest final against England.
Updated - Jul 13, 2021 12:36 pm
India’s greatest ODI run-chase is undoubtedly the Natwest final against England in the year 2002. Special because the team was done and out when they were reeling at 146 for five, in response to England’s total of 326.
The then two youngsters Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif got together to script an epic turnaround. As soon as kaif hit the winning runs, the cameras were zoomed on the then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who waved his T-shirt at the Lord’s balcony, to cap off one of India’s most thrilling victories and scenes which was seen in the 20th century.
Ganguly gave a fitting response to the then England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff who ran amok at the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai. While a lot of Indians still cherish that epic victory against England and Ganguly’s celebration, the man himself seems to be embarrassed whenever someone asks him about his celebration on that particular night on July 13 in 2002.
It’s been 19 glorious years and whenever any Indians see it still gives goosebumps. Dona Ganguly, the better half of Sourav was asked to shed light on that particular match and Ganguly’s T-shirt celebration act. While Dona loved it and felt it was a fantastic gesture, all the Bengalis too loved it, which is what she feels.
I think it’s just wonderful because you always break the rule. It’s such a proper place and even Sourav said I shouldn’t have done that, it just came out. But I think it was a fantastic gesture. I enjoyed it! All the Bengalis do! said Dona Ganguly as told to KKR,in. news
VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid re-live the Natwest final victory by India
Both VVS Laxman and Ruhul Dravid who were part of that epic match too shared their thoughts for the same. Initially, both the players felt embarrassed by the celebration, but later felt it was a great gesture indeed.
“Unconventional and fiercely proud, @SGanguly99 wore his heart on his sleeve. And, sometimes, bared it too! Empowering youngsters who went on to do wonders for the country was credit to his great leadership qualities,” stated Laxman.
“I was shocked to be honest! I was like what’s Dada up to! what’s going on! Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) was sitting next to me, and I remember even he wanted to do it. I was pulling his shirt down and holding it, not letting him remove his shirt. Maybe I don’t know Bhajji’s body might have been a little better than Dada’s! asserted Dravid.