India won the NatWest Trophy triangular one-day series at Lord's by beating England, thanks to a spectacular run-chase headed by 87* from Man of the Match, Mohammad Kaif.
The tourists then played their first four-Test series against England since 1979.
England won the first Test comprehensively but India through Dravid (115), Tendulkar (92) and Ganguly (99) saved the second Test match and then dominated the third Test at Headingley.After Indis’a marvellous middle-order of Dravid, Tendulkar and Ganguly had again each scored centuries in India's massive innings total of 628 - 8 declared, the spinners Kumble and Harbhajan Singh steadily dismissed England.Forced to follow on, England topped 300 but again the spinners took wickets and saw India to victory.The final match at The Oval was a high-scoring draw leaving the series tied and honours even.
On Tuesday 4 June the selectors chose to retain Ganguly as captain on the tour of England
The meeting on 8 June was shifted from Mumbai toKolkata to allow Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya to hold a discussion with the selectors before their 3-hour meeting to choose the team.
Unavailable:Srinath announced his retirement from Test cricket
Tour Party Announced : 8 June 2002
Not selected : Gautam Gambhir,Murali Kartik.
The Test and ODI squads were picked at the same time to avoid later having to confer by video-conference with selectors who would be in England.
After the one-day series, Dinesh Mongia, Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh would return to India, being replaced by openers Shiv Sundar Das, Wasim Jaffer, allrounder Sanjay Bangar and wicket-keeper Partiv Patel.
The selectors held an emergency meeting in Kolkata on 16 July to decide that Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh would stay back with the India squad for the Test series against England - but Yuvraj had a broken little finger which would keep him out of action for at least three weeks, so he returned to India,
Time between selection and departure from India
(8 June - 18 June)
Ganguly, through taking a late flight from Kolkata to Mumbai, again missed the Monday pre-tour press conference and left it to his vice-captain Rahul Dravid.
The team departed from Mumbai on Tuesday morning 18 June 2002 and was received at London Airport by Air India’s Regional Director, Mr Sharma.
Test squad members Bangar, Das, Patel and Wasim Jaffer joined the team the day before the one-day tournament final
Mohammad KaifandDinesh Mongia, although not in the original Test squad, remained with the touring party after the ODI series as cover for injuries. They played in only the first first-class match at Arundel but were granted permission to play for English county Leicestershire, as did Srinath.
The tour selectors also wanted an additional seamer, preferably L. Balaji, to support the four fast bowlers already in the group but this was not granted
•Agarkar, batting at number 8, scored 109 not out in a losing cause in the first Test at Lord's
•Dravid (115), Tendulkar 92) and Ganguly (99) brought India a draw in the second Test.At Headingley each scored a century as India amassed an innings of 628-8 d to win at Headingley
•Parthiv Patel, at 17 years and 158 days, became the youngest-ever wicket-keeper to play in a Test match
•Kumble took 3-93 and 4-66 at Headingley to help dismiss England twice and India to win by an innings and 46 runs at Headingley, their largest Test victory overseas.
•In the Oval Test Dravid scored 217, his third century of the series, bringing his aggregate to 602 runs.
Other first-class matches
† Minor matches
Return to India
The three ODI players were due to return on Tuesday 16 July but the injured Yuvraj Singh alone went home after the one-day series, and he arrived in Mumbai on 18 July.
The Indian Test squad left London on 10 September 2002 and landed at Chatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai on Wednesday morning en route to the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka. They reached Colombo on 12 September.