We have witnessed cricket’s most iconic celebration from former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly as he took off his shirt after beating England in Natwest Trophy 2002 at Lord’s. But, after 15 long years why did former England cricketer suspects that Ganguly might do it again and repeat what he did? Atherton started trolling Ganguly as soon as he saw former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff in the stands watching the India vs Sri Lanka clash on June 8. Flintoff was the one who took his shirt off at Eden Gardens, to which Ganguly replied with a similar gesture at Lord’s after the iconic 326-run chase 15 years ago.
Atherton who was commentating alongside Ganguly during the India vs Sri Lanka game took a dig at Ganguly as he said, “Flintoff in the ground. Don’t take off your shirt and start waving it around, Sourav. He took off his shirt once and forced you to do it at Lord’s. One of the worst sights at home of cricket.”
Ganguly did not agree with Atherton’s comments as he replied with a firm, “You think so?”. It seems like Atherton has another thing coming at him if India lock horns with England in the semi-finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
From the aftermath post-India’s surprising loss to Sri Lanka in Match 8 of Group B, the race to semi-finals is wide open. It will take a victory over South Africa on June 11 to reach the semi-finals and keep the Defending Champions hope of keeping the title in their grasp.
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