On March 14, 2001, BBC Laxman and Dravid knocked out the entire day of the 4th test against Australia to turn the match around and the series. Celebrating two decades of that achievement, VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter:
“I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! Honored and humbled that I played my part in an unforgettable test match. Being part of that wonderful team was magical, as well as having a fulfilled partnership with my good friend. “
After continuing, India finished Day 3 of the Eden Gardens test at 254 for 4, with VVS Laxman undefeated 109th and Dravid 7th.
At the start of Day 4, Australia was the favorite to win the test. However, at the end of the game, the same two Indian hitters returned to the pavilion, unconquered. Air Force Laxman was undefeated in 275 and Dravid in 155.
Both were fired on the last day, VVS Laxman for 281 and Dravid for 180. India, however, ended a remarkable comeback, scripting a win with a 171 run.
They also won the series 2-1 after another legendary duel in the final test in Chennai.
I tried to distract VVS Laxman by waving his arms like a bird: Jason Gillespie
Former Aussie speed bowler Jason Gillespie, who competed in the Kolkata test in 2001, recalled that nothing against VVS Laxman worked on day 4 of the test. Speaking about the historic match, Gillespie told Sportstar:
“The conversation was basically that they played well, however, it only takes one ball or one bad shot and we can get a goal. Unfortunately, a bad shot didn’t occur! I tried to distract the VVS by waving my arms like a bird as I ran into the bowl to put it off It was one of the best innings in test history. Great typing. “
Gillespie also pointed out that Air Force Laxman had been torturing him since his U-19 days. The former cricket player added:
“I remember my first trip to India with Australian players under 19, and the BBC hit hundreds after hundreds at the time. I had a good time and I really had enough of bowling until the end of my career. “
Aside from the stand between VVS Laxman and Dravid running 376, the 2001 test also saw spinner Harbhajan Singh become the first Indian bowler to take the test trick.