How time flies! It seems like it was only the other day that we defeated England in a sensational final of the NatWest Series in 2002. And to think now that it was a decade ago.
The NatWest triumph was definitely one of India's greatest victories in One-Day International cricket. To be very honest, when England put up a total in excess of 300, we knew that we had a real fight on our hands. In those days, to get 300 was quite an achievement, a rarity of sorts. To chase that down was, therefore, far from an everyday occurrence.
But if there was one thing we possessed in abundance, it was confidence. The team had been doing well since the start of 2002, and we had come to England on a high after defeating the West Indies in West Indies in the ODI series. So after England made 325, we earnestly believed that if we put our best foot forward, we could make it. Saying that, we also knew from the outset that the target was a daunting one, and that too against an English attack with some meat in those conditions.