27 September, 2020

Tomorrow, The World

Saurav's lambs made the impossible possible at Lord's. Is this the Dream XI for South Africa?

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Tomorrow, The World
It was the same dressing room balcony at Lord's where Kapil Dev had held aloft the Prudential World Cup 19 years and 18 days ago to create Indian cricket's most memorable image. But this time, it was Saurav Ganguly, lockets and talismans jangling on his bare chest, waving his shirt over his head and screaming in savage glee: a sight that will stay with cricket fans for years to come. "A shirt-waving Ganguly mouthing what I assume are pleasant words in some Indian language signalled to the cricketing world that India has arrived!" says former South African spinner Pat Symcox.

The most hated Indian cricketer not so long ago, by his own admission, the man branded the "bad boy of

international cricket" for his in-your-face aggression, Ganguly seems to be having the last laugh. For, this team is imbued with what Ganguly's most vociferous critics would admit is his most precious quality: a searing passion to win. Under him, India no longer look like the wimps of international cricket. Suddenly, the team looks like a brash, confident and hugely talented bunch of champions....


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