Ganguly not proud of Lord`s jersey-twirling incident
Mumbai: Fans might still recall with mirth the jersey-twirling scene on the Lord`s cricket ground`s balcony by Sourav Ganguly after India`s win in the final of the NatWest series against England a decade ago, but the man himself is a bit embarrassed about the incident.
"You make mistakes in life. I personally did not quite enjoy it. I don`t enjoy when I see channels keep on repeating that footage on television. I have made so many hundreds, they should show that," he said today after delivering the fourth Dilip Sardesai memorial lecture at Bombay Gymkhana.
India, chasing England`s imposing 325 for five, rode on a match-turning partnership (121 runs) between then youngsters Mohd Kaif (87 not out)and Yuvraj Singh (69) to surge to the target with three balls and two wickets to spare in July, 2002.
Ganguly, watching the tense final moments from the Lord`s balcony with his teammates, immediately removed his blue jersey when Kaif hit the winning run and twirled it around his head repeatedly as a riposte to what England`s Andrew Flintoff had done following a series-levelling ODI victory at the Wankhede Stadium here the previous year.
The England all-rounder had taken off his shirt and ran around the stadium in jubilation after his team had beaten the hosts by five runs in the thrilling sixth ODI.