With his magical wrists, VVS Laxman was easily one of the ‘very very special’ batsmen of his time. He was someone who mastered the art of batting with the tail. On his 42nd birthday, we bring you his top 10 innings.
1. 281 v Australia, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 2001:
“That innings had a big impact on Indian cricket. It had given us a huge sense of relief and made us have belief in ourselves that we’re not behind… Since then, we never looked back as Indian cricket kept improving.” Said Sourav Ganguly about his innings in Kolkata.
India after being asked to follow on by Steve Waugh had a first innings deficit of 274 runs. Laxman promoted to No.3 played the best innings of his career and with the help of Dravid, Harbhajan and Tendulkar, an unlikely win was scripted by India. This innings was against a team which had won 16 consecutive test matches and were known as the invincible. The scenes at Eden Gardens when India won that day are still fresh in everyone’s minds.