Story of a 15-Year Old Moment Relived By Sachin, Sehwag & Ganguly
On the first day of the ICC World Cup 2019, as England trounced South Africa by 104 runs, the commentary box witnessed a moment to remember. Indian batting legends Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly came together in the box and the broadcasters did not miss the opportunity to catch them in one frame.
Even as social media went into a frenzy, one might wonder how the three could be on the field at the same time, while batting. Well, here’s how the story goes...
Rewind to 2003
On 15 November, 2003, India were up against New Zealand in a day-night match held in Hyderabad. As Ganguly won the toss and decided to bat first, the opening pair of Tendulkar and Sehwag unleashed itself on the Kiwi bowlers - both scoring centuries.
After piling up 182 runs in 30 overs for the opening partnership, Sachin was the first to get dismissed for a 81-ball 102.
In came Ganguly at number three.
At a little over the 22-minute mark in the video below, the trio can be seen together on the field. Ganguly departed soon after making a 31-ball 33 and Sehwag went on to score a 134-ball 130.
However, the moment relived by Sehwag was not the only highlight of the match. The fans were in for a surprise as another great Rahul Dravid, who came to bat at number five, went berserk and ended up scoring a 22-ball half century, which is still the second fastest fifty scored by an Indian in a one-day international.