VVS Laxman’s partnership with Rahul Dravid on Day Four of the 2nd Test against Australia at Eden Gardens in 2001 continues to be thought to be one in every of the finest partnerships in Indian Test cricket. After successful the toss, and electing to bat, Australia had posted a mammoth complete of 445 in the first innings, courtesy a superb ton from skipper Steve Waugh. In response, with Aussie pacers respiration fireplace, India had been bundled out for 171, trailing by 274 runs.
The guests enforced a comply with-on. In the 2nd innings, skipper Sourav Ganguly determined to vary the batting order. Laxman was promoted to the no.third place, whereas Rahul Dravid got here out to bat at no. sixth place. At stumps on Day 3, India had been 254/4 with Laxman on 109* and Dravid on 7. India had been nonetheless trailing by 20 runs, and therefore, Australia had been hoping to wrap up issues on Day 4. But on March 14, 2001, Laxman and Dravid changd issues dramatically.
The duo notched up one in every of the finest partnerships as they confronted full 90 overs, scoring 335 runs with out being separated. Laxman went previous Sunil Gavaskar’s file of being the highest particular person Test-run scorer for India, whereas Dravid, too notched up his ton. India completed Day 4 at 589/4, placing the strain again on Australia.
On the fifth and closing day, Laxman went on to attain 281 earlier than he was dismissed by Glenn McGrath. The hosts declared the innings after Dravid was run out for 180. With 657/7 on board, India had arrange an enormous goal of 384 runs for the Aussies to chase.
With Harbhajan Singh selecting up a hat-trick, and recording figures of 6/73, India bundled out Australia for 212, successful the contest by 171 runs and degree the sequence 1-1. The Kolkata victory ended Australia’s 16-match successful streak whereas this Test was solely the third occasion in historical past when a staff had received a match after following on.