13th of July, year 2002. Historic Grounds of Lords. On the same day, India defeated hosts England to win the NatWest Trophy. This was an important milestone in the transformation of Team India. The heroes of the victory were two young players. Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. Came to India’s senior team from Under-19 team and making his place. Kaif played an important role in winning the Indian team by scoring 87 runs.
India defeated England by 2 wickets in a thrilling final. After this victory, Sourav Ganguly stood in the balcony of Lord’s and took off his T-shirt and waved it. It was the iconic moment of Indian cricket.
The target was 325 runs
The team was at Lord’s under the captaincy of Saurabh Ganguly. The hosts had scored 325 runs in front of India at Lord’s, which is called the Mecca of cricket. Captain Nasir Hussain scored a century. In cricket then the target of more than 300 was not achieved so easily. When Sachin Tendulkar returned bowling to Ashley Giles, India’s score was 146 for five. The match ended here for many fans of Team India. Many people had turned off the TV. It also had the family of Mohammad Kaif himself.
After this the pair of Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif added 123 runs. Both kept the wickets falling and scored fast runs on the England bowlers. When Yuvraj returned to the pavilion after scoring 69 runs, the score was 267 runs. The team was still far from victory. But Kaif got a lot of support from Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan scored 15 runs but they put on a crucial 47-run partnership. However, Andrew Flintoff dismissed Harbhajan and Anil Kumble in the same over to reduce India’s score to 314 for eight. From here Kaif along with Zaheer Khan took the Indian team to victory.
Kaif became man of the match
In 2002, Mohammad Kaif scored an unbeaten 87 at Lord’s to give India a historic victory over England. Legends like Ganguly, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar and Mongia were all out for just 146 runs. then went to bat Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh He played a quick game. Yuvi played a brilliant innings of 69 runs before being dismissed. The hero of this victory, Mohammad Kaif, was awarded the title of ‘Man of the Match’ for the first time in his career.
‘Dada’ responds to Flintoff
Sourav Ganguly took off his T-shirt and replied to Andrew Flintoff. In the same year, Flintoff waved his T-shirt in the air after the ODI victory against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After England won the match in Mumbai, the series was leveled 3-3, after which Flintoff took off his T-shirt and walked around the field.