Four years after his chest-baring celebration at the Wankhede stadium stunned the cricketing world, a far more matured England captain Andrew Flintoff today apologised for the incident, describing it as "10 seconds of madness".
"It was embarrassing to be honest. It was 10 seconds of madness," Flintoff said on the eve of the Champions Trophy clash against Australia at the Sawai Man Singh stadium here.
"I think the series was hinged on final over. It's not something I'm going to do it again, I got a bit of stick for it in the dressing room. Sorry."
Flintoff surprised the Wankhede crowd when he took off his shirt and ran around the pitch in wild celebration after bowling England, led by Nasser Hussain, to a thrilling win over Sourav Ganguly's men in the final game of a six-match rubber and tie the series 3-3 in early 2002.
Ganguly returned the complement with a similar gesture from the Lord's balcony after India overhauled a daunting target of 325 in a one-day series final that summer.