It was a day to remember for the Indian cricket fans when India lifted the NatWest series trophy after beating England on July 13, 2002, in the finals of the triangular series at Lord's in London seventeen years earlier on the same day.
This day marked the famous celebrations of former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly who was seen twirling his shirt at the balcony of the Lord's after India made a comeback from the brink of defeat to beat England, an iconic visual that is still instilled in the hearts of the fans of the Men in Blue.
Chasing a target of 325 runs set by the English side, India began their chase with a quickfire partnership between openers Virender Sehwag (45) and Sourav Ganguly (60) before they fell short. Dinesh Mongia, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were dismissed cheaply following which Yuvraj Singh and M. Kaif had more than half an innings to bat out. The Kaif-Singh duo put on a 121-run sixth wicket partnership that saw India home to victory.
While Yuvraj Singh was dismissed after a valiant knock of 69 runs, Mohammed Kaif went on to guide India to victory with an unbeaten 87-run knock.
Yuvraj Singh, during his retirement speech, said that the finals of the NatWest series in 2002 was one of his finest memories of the game when he represented the national side. Kaif was adjudged Man of the Match for his contest-winning performance of 87-not out.
It was a rare and huge feat achieved by India as chasing targets about 300-plus runs were unheard of during that time and a successful chase down meant a new team was in the rising, led by skipper Sourav Ganguly. The team comprised of cricketing legends such as Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Anil Kumble and more.