“To be a part of that wonderful team was magical” – VVS Laxman on 20 years of epic partnership with Rahul Dravid

 

Former India batsman VVS Laxman turned nostalgic on the twentieth anniversary of his game-changing partnership with Rahul Dravid within the 2001 Kolkata Test in opposition to Australia.

On March 14, 2001, VVS Laxman and Dravid batted out your entire Day 4 of the Test in opposition to Australia to show the match, and the collection, on its head. Celebrating twenty years of that achievement, VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter:

“Can’t believe it’s been 20 years! Honoured and humbled to have played my role in a memorable Test match. To be a part of that wonderful team was magical, as was having a fulfilling partnership with my good friend.”

Having been made to observe on, India ended Day 3 of the Eden Gardens Test 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 Test. However, 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.

Both 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.

They additionally went on to win the collection 2-1 following one other legendary duel within the ultimate Test in Chennai.

Tried to distract VVS Laxman by flapping my arms like a fowl: Jason Gillespie

Former Aussie quick bowler Jason Gillespie, who featured within the 2001 Kolkata Test, recalled that nothing labored in opposition to VVS Laxman on Day 4 of the Test. Speaking in regards to the historic match, Gillespie informed Sportstar:

“The talk was basically that they were playing well, however, it only takes one ball or one poor shot and we can get a wicket. Unfortunately, the poor shot didn’t eventuate! I did try to distract VVS by flapping my arms like a bird as I was running in to bowl to put him off! It was one of the best innings in Test history. A superb knock.”

Gillespie also pointed out that VVS Laxman had been troubling him right from his U-19 days. The former cricketer added:

“I remember my first trip to India with the Australian Under-19 side and V. V. S. was hitting hundred after hundred back then too. I was well and truly sick of bowling to him by the end of my career.”

Apart from the 376-run stand between VVS Laxman and Dravid, the 2001 Test also saw off-spinner Harbhajan Singh become the first Indian bowler to take a Test hat-trick.