Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif reminisced about a memorable incident during a commentary stint at the ICC World Cup 2023 clash between India and England at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on October 29, Sunday. Kaif’s recollection harkened back to the NatWest Trophy final in 2002, where a witty yet cheeky remark from former England captain Nasser Hussain has become part of cricketing folklore.
During the 2002 NatWest Trophy final, India found themselves in dire straits after losing their top five batsmen, including cricketing giants like Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Mongia, and Rahul Dravid.
In this challenging situation, Mohammad Kaif took the crease to steer the Indian innings. In a lighthearted moment, Nasser Hussain, known for his humorous banter, couldn’t resist a good-natured tease as Kaif arrived at the crease.
Nasser Hussain quipped, “I think he must drive the bus, I think he drives Tendulkar around the bus,” referring to Kaif’s perceived role as a “bus driver” for the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
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The friendly jibe has been remembered fondly by cricket fans and players alike, and it showcases the camaraderie and sportsmanship that define cricket at its core. Kaif, now a part of the commentary panel during the World Cup, had previously shared this anecdote, which remains an amusing and cherished part of cricketing history.
In the recent India vs. England match, the English captain, Jos Buttler, won the toss and elected to field first. England’s bowlers managed to put India in a difficult position early on in the game, dismissing key batsmen like Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer, with India’s score not yet reaching 100. This match saw the revival of classic encounters between these cricketing giants, with humor and history interwoven into their rivalry.