On this day in 2002, the Indian team won the NatWest series by defeating Nasir Hussain-led England. Indian team captain Sourav Ganguly took off his T-shirt and waved it in the air after winning the final match.
Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh were the architects of Indian victory in this match. Interestingly, this match was not seen by Kaif’s house. When Sachin was dismissed in this match, many spectators in the ground had left the ground thinking that India would lose the match. Like this audience, Kaif’s family also switched off the TV after Sachin’s dismissal and went to watch the movie Devdas in a theater near their home. He did not watch Kaif’s batting live at that time. But when India won the match, many people came home. But the house gets locked when the family goes to watch a movie. Those who came home then thought that they had locked the door on purpose.
But when they realized that they had gone to watch the movie, everyone rushed outside the theater. Finally, Kaif’s family had to leave the film halfway through. Then they realized that Kaif had won the match. Even when Kaif came home after winning the match, he was greeted with great enthusiasm.
When he returned home, he was paraded for 5-6 kilometers in an open jeep. People were shouting along the road. It took him almost 4 hours to reach home. At this time people were coming to his house, Kaif’s mother was providing tea and breakfast to them. When Kaif was a child, a similar procession was taken out by the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan in the same city. So seeing all this, Kaif felt like Amitabh.
At Lord’s, Ganguly told the player, ‘Take off your T-shirt too’