Australia’s 2001 collection in India was very vital for Indian cricket for a lot of causes.
India had been comprehensively crushed within the first Check match in Mumbai by 10 wickets. And Steve Waugh and his all-conquering group had been on a roll after having gained 15 Check matches. It was Steve Waugh’s ultimate frontier after having crushed each different group all over the world.
Australia batted first and scored 445 within the first innings regardless of Harbhajan Singh’s hat trick. India had been rocked by Glen McGrath and had been bowled out for simply 171 within the first innings. Steve Waugh requested India to bat once more as Australia had a large lead of 274 runs. He would have thought his bowlers would simply roll over the Indian batting lineup. Nonetheless, one participant named VVS Laxman had a really completely different concept.
Laxman who had scored 59 within the first innings was despatched at quantity three by India’s captain Saurav Ganguly and that turned out to be a grasp stroke. Laxman carried his good kind and together with Rahul Dravid placed on 376 runs. They batted the complete fourth day and Australian bowlers had no concept tips on how to get them out.
Laxman went on to attain 281, which was then the very best rating by an Indian participant, and set Australia a goal of 384 in two classes. A draw seemed ominous when Australia reached 161 for three at tea on the final day however Australia couldn’t survive the final session and misplaced their final seven wickets for simply 51 runs handing India a win by 171 runs. India squared the collection 1-1 and later gained the decider to clinch the collection 2-1.
This innings of 281 by Laxman was so particular that it modified the mindset of Indian cricketers utterly and India began profitable Check matches overseas as they received a self-belief and confidence that they may bounce again from any state of affairs.
That collection additionally introduced the arrival of Saurav Ganguly as a fierce captain who would look in the attention of the opposition. It additionally noticed Harbhajan Singh’s 33 wickets haul which continues to be a document in a three match collection. It broke Australia’s 15 matches profitable streak. All this occurred due to one particular innings of 281 which the Aussies referred to as a really very particular innings by a Very Very Particular Laxman.
This innings was performed 20 years in the past however it’s nonetheless contemporary within the minds of not solely Indians however all cricket lovers all over the world.