Deccan Chronicle – Hyderabad: It’s been 17 years since he’s played the best innings in Indian cricket but the 10-and-a-half hour tussle during which he battered a bustling Australia on March 14, 2001 to turn the Test and subsequently the series on its head, is ‘still fresh’ in VVS Laxman’s memory.

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  • Hyderabad: It’s been 17 years since he’s played the best innings in Indian cricket but the 10-and-a-half hour tussle during which he battered a bustling Australia on March 14, 2001 to turn the Test and subsequently the series on its head, is ‘still fresh’ in VVS Laxman’s memory.
  • Rewind: Following on after folding for 171 against Australia’s first innings total of 445, India rode on Laxman’s 281, Rahul Dravid’s 180 and their 376-run partnership for the fifth wicket to reply with an incredible 657 for 7 declared and then bowled out the visitors for 212 (courtesy Harbhajan Singh’s 6/73) in their second innings to script an improbable 171-run win to level the three-match series, before clinching it with a two-wicket in the Chennai Test to follow.
  • “It’s still fresh in my memory — not only me, but everyone who was part of that Test match can never ever forget it, because it taught us a valuable life lesson of never giving up, whatever the situation,” Laxman told this newspaper on Wednesday.
  • We employed the same formula and carried on — sometimes we achieved good results and sometimes we couldn’t, but we knew how to deal with difficult circumstances,” Laxman added.
  • A lot of them from different walks of life have come up to me and said watching that match changed their approach towards life,” Laxman said.


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