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Why Rishi Kapoor remembered Sourav Ganguly when Mithali Raj & Co were at Lord’s

Rishi Kapoor made a reference to Sourav Ganguly during the ICC Women’s World Cup final between Mithali Raj’s India side and England at Lord’s but it spectacularly backfired on the Bollywood actor.

cricket Updated: Jul 24, 2017 12:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Mithali Raj,India women's national cricket team,ICC Women's World Cup final
Rishi Kapoor tweeted a picture of Sourav Ganguly celebrating at Lord’s during the ICC Women’s World Cup final between Mithali Raj’s India side and England which drew plenty of criticism.(Rishi Kapoor Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly and Lord’s have a special connection. The former India captain made his Test debut at the home of cricket in 1996 and scored a memorable century on debut. Six years later, in 2002, during the final of the Natwest tri-series against England, he achieved greater glory and it symbolised his passion to win for the country.

In that match, India were in trouble against England as they were chasing 326. At 146/5, the game seemed over for India but Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif strung a 121-run stand in quick time to revive India. Kaif remained unbeaten on 87 as India won a thrilling match by two wickets to spark joyous celebrations.

Sourav Ganguly, in particular, took off his shirt and started waving it wildly in the Lord’s balcony after the win. The left-handed batsman’s celebration was apparently a dig at Andrew Flintoff, who had celebrated in similar style when England won a close match against India at the Wankhede stadium during the ODI series in 2001.

Ganguly’s win symbolised that Lord’s win and even today, it is fondly remembered by millions of fans. During the ICC Women’s World Cup final between India and England, Mithali Raj’s side were on course for a famous win. It was at this time when Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor decided to tweet about Sourav Ganguly’s celebrations as he anticipated an India win. However, it would soon backfire as his tweet drew the ire of plenty of people.

This prompted Rishi Kapoor to tweet a clarification.

The match turned out to be a heart-breaker for Mithali Raj’s side as they lost by nine runs thanks to a magnificent bowling performance from Anya Shrubsole, who picked up 6/46, the best haul by a bowler in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup. Shrubsole’s spell helped England win the ICC Women’s World Cup for the fourth time

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 11:27 IST