India and New Zealand took on each other in the first ICC Champions Trophy 2017 warm-up match in Kennington Oval, London on Sunday. There was plenty of buzz for the match, despite it being a warm-up match. An official tweet from BCCI’s Twitter handle confirmed there were 12,251 fans in attendance at the ground: a figure far more than even international games at certain venues these days. While the players from two teams came face to face on the field, there was plenty of activity off it too. On the sidelines of the game, two legends of Indian cricket had a quick chat.

Team India head coach Anil Kumble was spotted on the ground in conversation with his former captain Sourav Ganguly. The image of the two Indian cricket stalwarts having a chat was posted by BCCI before the warm-up in the run-up to the main round. Ganguly and Kumble, two former Indian captains and long-time teammates, have been part of many memorable moments during their careers, including the famous win over Australia in the 2001 Test series and the dream run to the final in the 2003 World Cup.

 

Post retirement, both got into cricket administration, with Ganguly becoming the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Kumble becoming the President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) for a brief time. Besides, he has also served as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket committee. In June last year, he was appointed as the coach of the Indian cricket team, contract of which expires after the Champions Trophy.

While Kumble is in England with the team, Ganguly is present there in the capacity of commentator. Both the eminent cricketers retired from international cricket in 2008.