If there is talk of a memorable victory in India cricket, then people definitely remember the NatWest Trophy played under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Team India won that tournament after losing many finals. India defeated hosts England in the final. Many stories related to that match played in 2002 have come before the people. Mohammad Kaif, who played a key role in the team’s victory, said in an interview that when Sachin Tendulkar was going out and going to the pavilion, people started going out of the stadium. Not only this, people in India had stopped watching TV.
Kaif said these things in an interview to sports anchor Gaurav Kapoor’s YouTube channel ‘Oaktree Sports’. Recalling the NatWest Trophy final, Kaif said, “It was an opportunity for me.” When Sachin was going out after getting out, I was going inside the field. After his dismissal, the spectators started going out of the stadium. I said in my mind that see me too. Even my parents went to watch the movie. At that time, Shahrukh Khan’s film Devdas came. There was a theater near my house. My family members went to watch movies. Did not see son’s live betting. When the match was won, the people of the locality came home. There was a lock. He felt that Kaif had won the match, so his parents were at home. People were pushing the door even after the lock was closed. Later he came to know that all Devdas have gone to see. He also reached there and told the parents about the victory during the film itself. “
Kaif further said, “I had no plans for batting. I just wanted to see the ball. I knew this was a great chance for me. Such a chance does not come again and again at number 7. Sachin and Sehwag are not out again and again. You will not get to play 25-25 overs again and again. Always used to play 7-8 overs. The way Yuvraj Singh was in form, my role was just to support him. If they did not have a good friendship with them, they would not have been able to make such a good partnership. We had a great rapport. We do everything freely. Nothing was hidden. Many times he used to run with the gestures of the eyes. He knows how Kaif plays and I know how Yuvraj plays. “
The Indian team had a target of 326 runs in that match. Virender Sehwag 45 and Sourav Ganguly had scored 60 runs. Dinesh Mongia scored 9 and Sachin Tendulkar scored 14 runs. Rahul Dravid had scored 5 runs. After this, Yuvraj and Kaif handled the innings. Yuvraj returned to the pavilion after scoring 69 off 63 balls. He hit 9 fours and a six. Kaif then shared a 47-run partnership with Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan scored 15 runs off 13 balls. After this, Anil Kumble was out without opening an account. After this, Kaif formed an unbeaten 12-run partnership with Zaheer Khan and gave victory to Team India. Kaif was unbeaten after scoring 87 off 109 balls. He hit 6 fours and 2 sixes.