Former India batsman VVS Laxman grew to become nostalgic on the twentieth anniversary of his game-changing partnership with Rahul Dravid within the 2001 Kolkata Check towards Australia.
On March 14, 2001, VVS Laxman and Dravid batted out all the Day 4 of the Check towards Australia to show the match, and the collection, on its head. Celebrating twenty years of that achievement, VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter:
“Cannot imagine it has been 20 years! Honoured and humbled to have performed my position in a memorable Check match. To be part of that fantastic group was magical, as was having a satisfying partnership with my good buddy.”
Having been made to observe on, India ended Day 3 of the Eden Gardens Check at 254 for 4, with VVS Laxman unbeaten on 109 and Dravid on 7.
At the beginning of Day 4, Australia have been favorites to win the Check. Nevertheless, on the shut of play, the identical two Indian batsmen returned to the pavilion, unconquered. VVS Laxman remained unbeaten on 275 and Dravid on 155.
Each have been dismissed on the ultimate day, VVS Laxman for 281 and Dravid for 180. India, nonetheless, accomplished a outstanding comeback, scripting victory by 171 runs.
In addition they went on to win the collection 2-1 following one other legendary duel within the last Check in Chennai.
Tried to distract VVS Laxman by flapping my arms like a chicken: Jason Gillespie
Former Aussie quick bowler Jason Gillespie, who featured within the 2001 Kolkata Check, recalled that nothing labored towards VVS Laxman on Day 4 of the Check. Talking concerning the historic match, Gillespie advised Sportstar:
“The discuss was principally that they have been enjoying properly, nonetheless, it solely takes one ball or one poor shot and we are able to get a wicket. Sadly, the poor shot didn’t eventuate! I did attempt to distract VVS by flapping my arms like a chicken as I used to be working in to bowl to place him off! It was among the finest innings in Check historical past. An excellent knock.”
Gillespie additionally identified that VVS Laxman had been troubling him proper from his U-19 days. The previous cricketer added:
“I bear in mind my first journey to India with the Australian Below-19 facet and V. V. S. was hitting hundred after hundred again then too. I used to be properly and really sick of bowling to him by the top of my profession.”
Other than the 376-run stand between VVS Laxman and Dravid, the 2001 Check additionally noticed off-spinner Harbhajan Singh develop into the primary Indian bowler to take a Check hat-trick.