The epic 331-run stand between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in the 2001 Eden Garden Test against Australia took the Sourav Ganguly-led aspect from the brink of defeat to a miraculous win. Dravid and Laxman had been in the center when India had been requested to follow-on, and had been 4 wickets down. Both Dravid and Rahul went on to bat the entire 90 overs on Day 4 – with the previous scoring 180 runs and the latter registering 283. India declared with a mammoth 657/7, setting Australia a stiff complete of 384 runs to chase on the ultimate day.
Australia misplaced seven wickets for 46 runs in the ultimate session of the ultimate day as India received a memorable encounter. Speaking in an episode of Star Sports’ ‘Kolkata 2001-Dravid & Laxman Special’ chat present, Laxman recalled how the pair went on to encourage one another regardless of struggling in the center.
“All of us took a lot of pride playing for the country, and we always wanted to do well, especially in tough situations, but not once did Rahul, during that entire partnership we had, show a glimpse of disappointment. He was showing that fight which we always see from Rahul,” VVS Laxman stated.
“After every over, we used to fist pump and the only thing that we were discussing, and telling each other was, ‘Come on buddy. One more over’. That was something that was great learning for both of us because when you are facing a big challenge, you cannot think about the bigger picture,” he additional recalled.
“You have to focus on achieving the smaller goals. The easiest goal for us to achieve was to give merit to each and every ball you’re facing and encourage your partner that we got to do this for our country. Rahul was down with a viral fever, I was struggling with my back and all we were telling each other was, ‘One more over.’ And as it turned out, we batted the entire 90 overs on the 4th day,” Laxman added.