Team India may seem to be struggling in the ongoing Headingley Test against England, but this ground has given many golden memories to Indian cricket. This is the ground where three great Indian batsmen made hundreds in the same match and forced the English team to an innings defeat in the year 2002. Former medium pacer Ajit Agarkar and the great Sachin Tendulkar have recounted that historic victory.
Hosts were surprised by Sachin’s shots: Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar, who was doing commentary during lunch on the second day of the third Test, shared his memories. He told that then Team India had batted on a more dangerous pitch. He told that in 2002, at this ground, we had won by an innings. Even then the pitch was extremely challenging, but Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and current BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly surprised the hosts with their shots. All three had scored centuries.
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In this way got rid of short balls
Regarding this, Sachin Tendulkar said – The pitch was really disturbing. When I came to bat during tea time, it was not easy to bat. I played shots in between mind games to get the fast bowlers out of the crease and made sure they didn’t bowl short pitch deliveries. Scored 30th century here. Statistics don’t matter to me, the team’s victory was important.
Shot a lot even in bad light
He told about the incident of batting even in bad light. He said – there was a problem of light here, but we said that we will play. When the umpires spoke again after 4-5 overs, we again said that we will play, then they said that we are not seeing the ball. Actually, we were looking for big scores here and I had no problem with batting. We strategize for the match, but sometimes we don’t succeed. However, the good thing is that here we implemented the plan with complete success.
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Mountain-like score of 628 runs
Talking about this match played in 2002, the Indian team declared the first innings at 628 runs for 8 wickets. In this, Rahul Dravid scored 148 runs in 307 balls with the help of 23 fours, while master blaster Sachin Tendulkar scored 193 runs in 330 balls with 19 fours and 3 sixes. Captain Sourav Ganguly scored 128 runs in 168 balls with the help of 14 fours and 3 sixes.
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England’s condition worsened
After this, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh took 3-3 wickets with a spin and England’s first innings was bundled out for 273 runs. Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar took two wickets each. India fed the hosts a follow-on and bundled out the second innings for 309 runs. Kumble 4, Sanjay Bangar 2, while Zaheer, Ajit and Harbhajan took one wicket each to ensure Team India’s victory by an innings and 46 runs.
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