Sourav Ganguly recalls how Virender Sehwag taught him a key captaincy lesson during Natwest Trophy 2002 final

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Current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly recalled his early lessons as a captain, which included an incident involving Virender Sehwag during the Natwest Trophy final in 2003.

Yuvraj Singh made 69 while Mohammad Kaif top-scored with 87* in the 2002 NatWest Final. (Getty Images)

Yuvraj Singh made 69 while Mohammad Kaif top-scored with 87* in the 2002 NatWest Final. (Getty Images)

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  • Sourav Ganguly recalled how Sehwag taught him an important captaincy lesson
  • Ganguly and Sehwag gave India a perfect start in their 326-run chase in 2002 Natwest final
  • India chased down 326 vs England in the NatWest final despite being reduced to 146 for 5 at one stage

Former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday recalled how he was taught an important captaincy lesson from his opening partner Virender Sehwag in the epic Natwest Trophy 2002 final.

India had a solid start with Virender Sehwag (45) and Sourav Ganguly (60) adding 106 for the opening wicket while chasing 326. But quick wickets dented India's chase and the visitors were reduced to 146/5 in 24 overs. After losing 5 wickets for just 146 runs, India had gone in to chase a mammoth target of 326 runs set by England at the iconic Lord's cricket ground.

"We were chasing 325 in that final. When we walked out to open, I was very disappointed and disturbed but Sehwag said we will win. We had a good start (82 in 12 overs) and I told him that since we had seen off the new ball bowlers, he should not lose his wicket and focus on singles," Sourav Ganguly recalled in a Youtube chat.

“But when Ronnie Irani came in to bowl his first over, and Sehwag smashed a four off the first ball. I walked up to him and said we have a boundary, now let us take singles. But he didn’t listen and hit a four off the second ball too. He hit a four off the third ball too. I was very angry. Then he hit one off the fifth ball too,” Ganguly said and added that he soon realized there is no point in stopping Sehwag since his natural game is aggressive.

“I realized there is no point in stopping him since his natural style of play is aggressive.”

Ganguly pointed out that man-management is a key factor in captaincy and said a good “captain needs to adjust to a player’s thinking”.

But he termed that debut as an important part of his career.

“I don’t consider the 1992 series as a failure. I didn’t get much opportunity to play. But it helped me to become a better cricketer. I did training for the next 3-4 years and became mentally and physically strong,” he added.