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‘He’s a fierce competitor’: Russel Arnold recalls ‘banter’ with Sourav Ganguly in 2002 Champions Trophy final

The Indian team under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy took major strides towards becoming one of the best in the business towards the beginning of the 2000s.

While Australian remained the team to beat in 50-over cricket, India were slowly developing as a force to reckon with. A testament to this was the 2003 ICC World Cup, which saw India and Australia contest the final of the tournament.

In the lead up to the World Cup, Ganguly had led India to the ICC Champions Trophy title in 2002. The trophy was shared by India and Sri Lanka as the final and the reserve match were both halted due to rain. But in both those matches India held the upper hand…

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