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On this day: India clinch historic NatWest Trophy at Lord’s in 2002

Pundits and players remember India's historic win over England in the final of NatWest Trophy 2002 at Lord's.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2016 5:30:31 pm
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It was on this day, in 2002, when India clinched a historical win over England at Lord’s in the final of the NatWest Trophy. The ensuing scenes atop the famed Lord’s balcony left some aghast but for India it was a euphoric moment.

Chasing a massive 326 runs, skipper Sourav Ganguly and Virender Shewag began the innings in the most lethal fashion that they could have with a 106-run stand for the first wicket.

But a sudden flurry of wickets pushed India on to the backfoot. They were left tottering at 146/5 before Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh came up with sensible and yet magical knocks.

The put on 121 runs for the sixth wicket before Yuvraj chipped one in the air while sweeping away a full length delivery from Paul Collingwood. The ball went straight up and Alex Tudor, standing at short fine leg, made no mistake in grabbing a sitter.

Kaif remained unbeaten on 87 and took India over the line by 2 wickets after an overthrow allowed Kaif to complete the second and winning run.

Earlier England after winning the toss had opted to bat first.

Opener Marcus Trescothik and former England captain Nasser Hussain were on a rampage in that clash as the left hand-right hand combination dispatched Indian bowlers to every part of the park.

The duo built up a stand of 185 runs for the second wicket and brought about their individual centuries.

Later, all rounder Andrew Flintoff took the responsibility to accelerate the innings and England eventually scored a massive 325/5 in 50 overs.

Arguably the most memorable image from that evening at Lord’s was not even from the pitch. One of the most aggressive celebrations that cricket has seen followed with Ganguly removing his shirt in complete ecstasy.

These celebrations had a history to it when Flintoff had celebrated in similar fashion earlier that year after winning an ODI against the home team.

Commentator Harsha Bhogle remembers how this roller-coaster ride game eventually reached its result.

Viru also reminisced the win by tweeting, “14 years ago on this day we won the NatWestSeries & @SGanguly99 did a Salman Khan & won everyone’s hearts. #NewIndia”

Rajiv Shukla who was with the 2002 team as a manager also remembered and cherished the knock played by Ganguly, Sehwag, Kaif and Yuvraj.

This win will always be edged in people’s minds as one of the best comebacks and not to forget, the celebrations!

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