Laxman remembers epic partnership with Rahul Dravid

 

On 14th March 2001, legendary India cricketers VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid stitched together a historic partnership against Australia to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to social media to pay tribute to the duo and their post read: "#ThisDayThatYear in 2001 VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid scripted a historic Test comeback ever at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata #TeamIndia"

Former legendary batsmen, VVS Laxman completed a fine century as India ended Day 3 at 254/4, still 20 runs behind Australia with 6 wickets in hand. The next day turned out to be a day of defiance, a day that changed the course of Indian cricket history. VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid batted out an entire day, making a mockery of the likes of McGrath and Warne. Laxman's artistry took him to 275 and Dravid's resolve helped him notch up 155 as the duo remained unbeaten at the close of play on day 4 with India at 589/4.

Laxman was eventually dismissed on the final day for 281, India's then highest individual Test score, while Dravid departed for 180. Their 376-run stand meant India had set Australia an improbable target of 384 runs to win the Test.

17 years on, the victory is still afresh in minds of those who witnessed the Eden miracle and cricket lovers across the globe.

 

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