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Steve Waugh walks down memory lane remembering VVS Laxman’s 281 Test knock

January 7, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Steve Waugh, the former Australian captain, has claimed the 281-run Test knock of VVS Laxman against Australia is the best that he has ever seen. The Test match was hosted at the Eden Garden in Kolkata, March 2001. Australia had reached India following 15 consecutive Test victories. Steve Waugh's side looked nothing less than invincible at that time. In the first test in Mumbai, they began the tour on a thumping note, thrashing India by ten wickets.

India was still looking down the barrel at the Eden Gardens in the second game. Australia scored 445 runs in their first innings on the strength of Steve Waugh's 110 and 97 by Matthew Hayden. For India, young Harbhajan Singh stole the show by picking 7 wickets for 123. It included the first hat-trick in the Test cricket history of India. In response, India was all out for 171. Australia looked poised and was heading towards the 17th consecutive test victory as India reeling at 115 for 3 and then 232 for 4 after Australia asked them to follow on.

VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid shared a 376-run partnership

This is when VVS Laxman joined hands with Rahul Dravid, and the rest became history. For the next 104 overs, the duo sent the visitors on a chase. Laxman and Dravid had shared a 376-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Their share of score had put the team in the lead of 334 runs. Laxman was out for 281, which was the highest test score for the Indian until Virender Sehwag broke that record. India eventually gave Australia 384 runs target and went on to win the game.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh