Nasser Hussain recalls calling Kaif ‘bus driver’ in 2002 Natwest series final


Former England captain Nasser Hussain recalled how he tried to sledge Kaif when he came out to bat, and called him a “bus driver”. The 2002 Natwest series final between India and England at Lord’s is still remembered to be one of the best chases in the history of cricket. India required 326 to win, after loosing the five wickets, two young players, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif came on the crease and chased the runs and helped India to win the trophy.

“It was the greatest innings that lad played. He will be remembered for that. I saw a picture of him and Yuvraj with the Lord’s in the background”, he said and he had tweeted “Great Memories”.

“I remember him coming in and there was a bit of sledge, because we had them five wickets down, and someone said – ‘who’s this, then skip’. So, I said ‘I think he might drive the bus, he might drive Tendulkar on the bus’. When he hit the winning run, he gave me that look – ‘not bad for a bus driver!’,” he added in a statement.

“It is one of the most top-five cricket chases, in a nice sort of way. Because it was done by those two. If it had been done by Tendulkar and Sehwag – it would be like, ‘okay, those two did it again’. But it was done by two unknown young lads, and it gave a huge boost to Indian cricket,” he further said.

Kaif was quickly shared a audio clip in which naseer hussain called him a bus driver. He wrote: “[email protected], thanks to that innings the bus driver drives a convertible now.”

In that match, Yuvraj Singhingh and Mohhamad Kaif played a wonderful partnership and they both scored 123 runs in a sixth wicket partnership. And then Yuvraj Singh was dismissed in 69 runs off 63. Then Kaif carried on and won the match for India scoring 87 runs in 75 balls.


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