This day that year: VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid put up one of India’s greatest partnerships in 2001 | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: The India-Australia series in 2001 is considered one of the greatest ever played between the two countries. The second attempt in the series at the majestic Gardens of Eden He is said to have changed Indian cricket forever. The date was March 14 and the protagonists were VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid.
India down 0-1 in three-game Test series, knocked out for 171 in response to Australia‘s 445 in the second test and were asked to follow … and then everything became very, very special. India’s hero was VVS Laxman, whose 83-ball 59 from the No. 6 inspired the decision to send him to No. 3 when India struck a second time on day three.

The team led by Sourav Ganguly played cautiously in the second leg and lost three wickets for 115 runs.
India lost Ganguly in the 67th innings, with the team down to 232/4.
Dravid then joined Laxman between. The next 104 overs were a nightmare for the Australians as the Indian duo stitched up a 376-run stand to restart the innings and helped the team stage a spectacular comeback in the game.
Dravid scored 180 runs, while Laxman slammed 281, his highest Test cricket score.
Laxman finished the day on 109 and with Dravid hitting all on day four while adding 335; the eventual stand of 376 broke a series of records and took India to 589/4.
Ganguly’s declaration with a 383 lead put Australia 75 overs to beat a draw; Harbhajan Singh, whose first innings 7 for 123 on day one included an Indian’s first hat-trick in Tests, had other ideas and took six wickets to hand India an epic victory on March 15.


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