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‘I felt I am Amitabh Bachchan’, Mohammad Kaif remembers NatWest Trophy victory

The Indian team won the historic NatWest Trophy final on 13 July 2002 on this day. After defeating England in that match, Team India captain Sourav Ganguly took off his T-shirt in Lord’s balcony. In that match, young players like Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif came out as heroes. Kaif recalled the victory and said that he once felt that he was Amitabh Bachchan.

Kaif wrote a column for our affiliate website The Indian Express. In this, he also told the incident when he thought he was Amitabh Bachchan. Kaif said he was given a tremendous welcome in India after winning the final.

He said, “I remember a special picture. When I came to Allahabad I was driven into the city in an open jeep. It took me about three-four hours to travel five-six kilometers to my house.”

Kaif further said, “People were standing on both sides of the road lined up. They were shouting slogans. There was joy on everyone’s face. When I was younger, I saw Amitabh Bachchan walking in an empty jeep in my hometown (Allahabad) after winning the election. That day I felt like I am Amitabh Bachchan. “In that match, the Indian team had a target of 326 runs. Virender Sehwag 45 and Sourav Ganguly had scored 60 runs.

Dinesh Mongia had scored 9 and Sachin Tendulkar 14. 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 had 9 fours and a six. Kaif then shared a 47-run partnership with Harbhajan Singh.

Harbhajan scored 15 runs off 13 balls. Then Anil Kumble was out without opening an account. Kaif then shared an unbeaten 12-run partnership with Zaheer Khan and led Team India to victory. Kaif was unbeaten on 87 off 109 balls. He hit 6 fours and 2 sixes.

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