Exactly a decade and a half ago, Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly scored individual ODI centuries against England during the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 at Colombo. Nasser Hussain, the then England captain, had won the toss and chose to bat.
On the back of Ian Blackwell’s 82 (68), with the help of six fours and three sixes, England ended up scoring 269-7 in 50 overs. For India, Ashish Nehra and Anil Kumble had picked up a couple of wickets each, whereas, Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar had picked up a wicket apiece.
The Indian openers in Sehwag and Gangluly made a mockery of a 270-run chase, which was otherwise considered as a daunting task. Sehwag, per se, took matter in his hands and dominated the English bowling-up. He completed his half-century in the 11th over and his century in the 22nd over. He ended up scoring his second ODI century, 126 (104), with the help of 21 fours and a six. Watch the video of his destructive innings:
Ganguly, on the other hand, was playing second fiddle to Sehwag. He was very slow during the inception. The pressure of the required run rate never really existed due to Sehwag’s whirlwind innings. He brought up his half-century in the 27th over. By this time, he has started to come into his grove. Eventually, he brought up his 19th ODI century in the 39th over. He remained unbeaten on 117* (109) as India completed the chase in the 40th over.
Watch the video of Ganguly’s 19th ODI century:
The duo scored 192 runs in 28.4 overs for the first wicket, the then third-highest opening partnership by Indians.