Ganguly, 50, is considered one of India’s greatest skippers of all time and the London ground has been the scene of some of his greatest triumphs.
Lord’s was the site of the batsman’s first Test match in 1996, when he became just the third cricketer to make his debut at the venue for a century.
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Six years later, India defeated England in a dramatic Natwest Final he saw Ganguly take off his sweater and wave triumphantly to the crowd.
Ganguly appeared in his hometown of Kolkata on Tuesday to unveil a replica of the Victorian pavilion’s balcony, this time waving an Indian flag in place of his top.
“That moment on the Lord’s balcony was a time that changed Indian cricket,” Satadru Dutta, a sports promoter who organized the project, told AFP on Wednesday.
Ganguly was happy with the result, he added.
“He told me it was beautifully done, but also said, ‘Don’t tell me to wave the shirt.'”
Hundreds flocked to see Ganguly appear on the replica balcony, which was built to highlight Durga Puja parties in town.
The festival, in honor of the deity Durga, is a major milestone on the Hindu calendar, and worshipers in Kolkata regularly build replicas of famous buildings such as the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal, drawing huge crowds.
Ganguly finished his stellar career in 2008 after racking up 7,212 runs and has been Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket India for the past three years.