Sourav Ganguly was congratulated by the British Parliament on Wednesday July 13. It was on this day 20 years ago when he led India to a memorable one-day Natwest Trophy win over England at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The legendary cricketer was delighted with the honor and was happy to be enjoying one of the most memorable days of his career while mentioning India’s 1-0 lead in England’s ongoing three-game ODI series . The second ODI is set to play at Lord’s on Thursday July 14.
Sourav Ganguly congratulated by the British government on July 13
It was a momentous day for BCCI Chairman Sourav Ganguly as the former India captain was congratulated by the British Parliament on Wednesday.
“I was commended by the British Parliament as a Bengali so that was good. It was in Parliament. They contacted me six months ago. They give this award every year and I got it said BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.
The Indian cricketing legend was congratulated on the same date on July 13 when he led India to Natwest final victory in 2002 and exactly 20 years later on the same day he was honored in the same city .
“Oh! yes, I saw that on Instagram. It’s been a long time, right? 20 years ago. Yeah, great sporting moments beating England in England, that’s nothing better than that. The current team does it. They won the T20 series. They are 1 in the one-day series,” said Sourav Ganguly.
The way India beat England in the T20Is was commendable as Rohit Sharma and company concluded the three game series with one game to spare and in the ODIs they are also one win away from sealing the series.
Sourav Ganguly impressed with bowling of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohamed Shami in 1st ODI
What pleased the former India captain was the sporting box office of the first ODI and the way India bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami exploited the conditions. Jasprit Bumrah rocked the English top with a great display of couture and swing bowling. He had career-best numbers of 6/19, helping India limit England to 110. The Indian openers then chased him down without dropping a wicket.
“That’s what England have always been. He will always be useful for the bowlers. I thought Bumrah and Shami were exceptional in the first spell and that just took England away from the game. India did well beaten to win with 10 wickets. 110 runs show how hard they have hit on this ground. It has been very good so far,” explained Sourav Ganguly.
India won the T20I series 2-1 but lost the Edgbaston Test and so the series ended in a 2-2 draw dashing their hopes of winning an England Test series after 15 years.
“Yes, but it happens in sport. You must pay homage to England. They played exceptionally well that day. Chasing 400 in the fourth run is never easy and that was the highest run. So that’s how it is 2 all in the Test match series. Win T20 and if we can win One Day I think we will be very successful,” Ganguly said.
A few days ago, on July 8, Sourav Ganguly turned 50 and his celebration videos near the London Eye went viral on social media.
“We live here (London). My daughter studies here. It’s great to spend time with her. She lives here all year round. It was very fun. I loved every moment,” Ganguly said.
Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal are not part of India’s 18-member squad for the five T20Is in the Caribbean from the end of the month. The Rohit Sharma-led team has KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav potentially making a return subject to fitness clearance. Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin who hasn’t played in India’s T20I squad since the home series against New Zealand last November has made his return.