On this day in 2001, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid together showed confidence to bat in one of India’s most famous Test wins. Laxman and Dravid batted through the fourth day, ready to chase Australia at the Eden Gardens, as India pushed Australia into a strong position. Laxman started the day at 109 and finished at 275, while Dravid went from 7 to 155. Their partnership eventually led India to just a third Test victory, after which.
Both had a rare day in Test cricket between 254/4 and 589/4, with two batsmen watching all day.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wrote in a tweet on Sunday, “## ThisDay, Davy, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid made a significant comeback against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The franchise of the Indian Premier League, Delhi Capital, told the story of his return to cricket from #TeamIndia in 2015, a very special wall was built in Eden in 2001 on #OnThisDay. “Since then India has given several inspiring test performances.”
Cricket Australia Australia also paid tribute to Delhi Challengers IPL rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore.
– BCCI (@BCCI) March 14, 2021
years ago today, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid batted throughout the fourth day of the Eden Gardens Test, turning the tables on Australia
– cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 14, 2021
The foundation of which has given birth to several inspirational Test performances by India since then pic.twitter.com/4p2SXUvPlP
– Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 14, 2021
When historians write about a turning point in Indian cricketing history, there might be very few moments which can better this. #OnThisDay in , VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid batted out an entire day at the Eden Gardens against the legendary Australian team#PlayBold pic.twitter.com/Ji5pWC8TFK
– Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 14, 2021
Laxman scored 281, while Dravid scored 180 before facing Australia’s target of 384 on Day 5, despite one -74 innings from the visitors, Harbhajan Singh – who also became the first Indian in Australia. Hatrick in his first innings in the Test – through his batting lineup with six wickets.
India won the match by 171 runs and tied the series 1–1.
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