On March 14, 2001, VVS Laxman and Dravid beat all day 4 of the test against Australia to reverse the match and the series. Celebrating two decades of this achievement, VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter:
“I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! Honored and honored to have played my part in a memorable test match. Being part of this wonderful team was magical, as was having a fulfilling partnership with my good friend.
After being forced to call, India finished day three of the Eden Gardens Test at 254 for 4, with VVS Laxman undefeated on 109 and Dravid on 7.
At the start of Day 4 Australia were favorites to win the Test. However, at the end of the game, the same two Indian batsmen returned to the flag, undefeated. VVS Laxman went undefeated on 275 and Dravid on 155.
The two were sacked on the final day, VVS Laxman for 281 and Dravid for 180. India, however, had a remarkable comeback, with a victory of 171 points.
They also won the series 2-1 following another legendary duel in the final test in Chennai.
Tried to distract VVS Laxman by waving my arms like a bird: Jason Gillespie
Former Australian fast pitcher Jason Gillespie, who took part in the 2001 Kolkata test, recalled that nothing worked against VVS Laxman on day 4 of the test. Speaking of the historic match, Gillespie said Sports star:
“The conversation was basically that they were playing well, however, it only takes a bullet or a bad shot and we can get a wicket. Unfortunately the bad shot didn’t work out! I tried to distract VVS by flapping my arms like a bird as I ran into the bowl to put it off! It was one of the best rounds in Test history. A great shot.
Gillespie also pointed out that VVS Laxman had troubled him from his U-19 days. The former cricketer added:
“I remember my first trip to India with the Australian Under-19 team and the VVS were hitting hundred after hundred back then too. I was well and truly tired of bowling for him at the end of my career.
Besides the 376 point stand between VVS Laxman and Dravid, the 2001 test also saw Harbhajan Singh, the off-spin player, become the first Indian player to score a test hat-trick.