Sourav Ganguly is the face who turned around Indian Cricket Team into a World-beater. He is known for his amazing skills as well as aggression. His captaincy tenure has got to be one of the most chronicled ones in recent times. More than his proficiency on the off-side, his prolific partnership with Sachin in ODIs, his run-in with Greg Chappell, etc. It is his role as a captain in shaping up a young team for which he is most remembered and celebrated. He is also remembered for his historic shirt wave at the mecca of cricket ‘Lord’s’.
India was playing against England at Lord’s the NatWest tri-series final on 13th July 2002. From 106 for 0, India went to 146 for 5, losing, Dada, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in the process. The chase looked improbable but not for Yuvraj and Kaif who scripted one of the most memorable wins in the history of Indian cricket. As Mohammad Kaif and Zaheer Khan completed the winning run, Sourav Ganguly took off his shirt at the Lord’s balcony. Although his teammate VVS Laxman tried to stop him, in the spur of the moment he took off his t-shirt and waved it which was also a strong reply to the England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff who did the same after securing a victory against India at Wankhede. While Ganguly will be remembered for his match-winning knocks and aggressive captaincy, that day he showed Flintoff who is the real Dada in cricket.
Ganguly has stated in a few interviews that he wouldn’t ever do it again and regretted the moment. But we as fans will always remember this moment as an iconic one.