Indian fans of a certain age would have fond memories of the NatWest Trophy 2002 final. The manner in which the Sourav Ganguly-led Men in Blue won that match is still fresh in the hearts of many Indians. Recently, in an online podcast, the then England skipper Nasser Hussain, recalled how his side lost that match after being in the driver’s seat.
The cricketer-turned-commentator talked about how his side was confident as India were reeling at 146 for 5, while hunting down a massive total of 326. England had got the wickets of Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Mongia, and Rahul Dravid. After Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif stitched a partnership which took India to an unlikely and famous victory.
Hussain recalled how he attempted a young Mohammad Kaif when he walked into bat at no. 7.
“I think he must drive the bus, I think he drives Tendulkar around the bus”, The former England skipper said during a Sky Sports Podcast.
The 52-year-old also recalled how Kaif gave him a strange look after that match which kind of spoke to him “Not a bad one for a bus driver.”
After Sky Sports Cricket uploaded the audio from the conversation on its official Twitter handle, Kaif was quick to respond to that. He tagged Nasser Hussain and said that inning has now helped him to drive an expensive car.
“@nassercricket, thanks to that innings the bus driver drives a convertible now 🙂 @skycricket”, Kaif tweeted.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 16, 2020
During the podcast, Hussain also credited that inning at the Lord’s by Kaif as his best knock.
At 146 for 5, India had lost all its hope. However, Kaif and Yuvraj got together for a 121-run partnership. Singh scored 69 runs from just 63 balls which helped Indians built a momentum. After the left-handed batsman got out, it was Kaif who took the charge upon himself to guide his team to a famous win.
He scored an unbeaten 87-run knock off just 75 balls, which made sure the visitors chased the huge total. After the win, Ganguly waved his shirt at the balcony of Lord’s.
Talking about the match, Hussain also said that it was the fact that two young players won India the match which stayed with the fans for so long. “To be outdone by two relatively unknown, young lads was a great boost to Indian cricket”, the former England captain said.