If a player performs such an extraordinary performance while departing from his international career, then fans keep asking what was the hurry to retire.
Andrew Flintoff had done this in India before Ganguly took off his shirt in the NatWest Trophy final.
On the India tour, this player had challenged the honor of Team India. Most of all, this thing pricked the then captain of the Indian cricket team and the current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. The smile on the face of the player who gave this wound to the grandfather can remind you of a naughty child. Talk about the retirement of this veteran all-rounder. That is because after announcing his retirement, this stalwart created such an uproar in his last series that the big batsmen were seen filling the water. Talk about Andrew Flintoff, who played an important role in England’s historic victory in the 2009 Ashes series on this day after 75 years at Lord’s. The tussle between Andrew and Ganguly started when England all-rounder Flintoff celebrated by taking off his shirt after winning the Mumbai ODI on the 2001-02 tour of India. Ganguly took revenge for this after winning the final of the NatWest Trophy.
Well, on this day i.e. July 20, the result of the match was played between England and Australia in the year 2009 at Lord’s ground. England scored 425 runs in the first innings. In these, captain Andrew Strauss played a brilliant century of 161 runs. While Alastair Cook scored 95 runs. However, apart from these two centuries, no other batsman could score even a half-century for the team. For the Australian team, Ben Hilfenhaus four and Mitchell Johnson showed three batsmen the way to the pavilion. In reply, Australia’s first innings was reduced to 215 runs. Michael Hussey scored 51 and Simon Katich contributed 48 runs. While four Australian batsmen were sent to the pavilion by James Anderson, three wickets were registered in the name of Graham Anions.
Flintoff did wonders with the ball after a fast innings
After this, England declared the second innings for 311 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. This time, wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior scored the most runs for the team. He scored 61 runs in 42 balls. Paul Collingwood scored 54 while Kevin Pietersen scored 44 runs. Andrew Flintoff scored 30 not out off 27 balls. Australia got a target of 522 runs to win. The target was difficult, but Australia made the effort. Despite this, the entire team was bundled out for 406 runs. Michael Clarke played a brilliant innings of 136 runs while wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin contributed 80 runs. Mitchell Johnson scored 63 runs. For England, Flintoff took five wickets for 92 runs in 27 overs. England won this match by 115 runs. It was his first Ashes Test win in 75 years at Lord’s.
Team India piled on 58 runs, veterans’ flop show embarrassed, this England star bowler took 8 wickets