On this day in 2001, VVS Laxman & Rahul Dravid scripted one of the greatest comebacks in Test history | Cricket News

Mar14,2024



Till the end of the third day's play of the Kolkata Test against Australia Eden Gardens In 2001, India had lost and were completely eliminated. After this, the hosts were at 232/4 in the second innings, still trailing the visitors by 42 runs with just six wickets remaining. Then VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid Began to write a story of recovery from the ashes which became one of the most incredible comebacks in the history of Test cricket.
At the beginning of the fourth day, Laxman was batting on 109 and Dravid on 7 runs. But when the stumps were pulled, India had not lost a single wicket in the entire day's play and Laxman had reached 275 and Dravid had reached 155 runs.
The beauty of Laxman's innings, which ultimately ended at 281, actually overshadowed the equally priceless innings played by Dravid, who scored 180. Both added 376 runs for the fifth wicket.

The Eden Gardens crowd, already feeling something special from the home team, watched Harbhajan SinghSecond time class in the match.
After his seven wickets in the first innings, which included the first Test hat-trick by an Indian, the off-spinner once again took six wickets around the Australians to help India win by 171 runs.
short score
Australia (1st innings): 445 all out; Steve Waugh 110, Matthew Hayden 97, Justin Langer 58; Harbhajan 7/123
India (1st innings): All out for 171 runs; Laxman 59; Glenn McGrath 4/18
India (2nd innings follow-on): 657/7 declared; Laxman 281, Dravid 180; McGrath 3/103
Australia (2nd innings): All out for 212 runs; Hayden 67; Harbhajan 6/73



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