The image of Sourav Ganguly waving his shirt in Lord's balcony can never be erased from Indian cricket fan's memory. The win in the NatWest Trophy final against England in 2002 was something special, it wasn't just a win but a revenge as well.
Speaking during the launch of his autobiography ‘A Century is not Enough’ on Wednesday, Ganguly said that while he was trying to take his shirt off, VVS Laxman was trying his best to prevent him from doing so.
“When I was trying to take off my shirt, VVS started pulling it down. It became a kind of tussle between us. And Harbhajan, who was standing behind, asked what should he do? I told him to do nothing. Tu chup baith (you remain still) were my words,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly, who famously scored a hundred in his debut, also shared an anecdote from the game at Lord’s in 1996 Test. “I was batting at 110, I think. I was very tired. I had batted really well and was very happy. But, the handle of my bat had loosened and needed to be fixed. So, I sat on a chair with tea and started taping the handle of my bat. At that point of time, Tendulkar, who had already played 40 Tests by then, came to me and said, let me do it. You take rest and enjoy your tea. It was a great gesture from Tendulkar to help a ‘youngster’.”
Tendulkar was also present during the event. He pulled Ganguly's leg for calling himself ‘youngster’. “Sourav is older than me (laughing, to which Ganguly answered- yes, but only six months older). I had a good bond with Sourav even before he played for India. We had met each other in age group cricket and shared a dressing room during the tour of 1992 in Australia.
“When he made a comeback, I was very happy for him and I was really happy to help him. That is what a teammate is supposed to do. I would have done the same thing for any ‘youngster’.”