5. 167 v Australia, SCG, Sydney, 2000:
This was Laxman’s maiden hundred. The innings was a statement of his class and temperament. India had already lost the first two tests at Adelaide and Melbourne and were looking at a whitewash after a 402 run deficit in the first innings. Laxman, asked to open the batting, carted Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming and the then rookie fast bowling sensation Brett Lee. A strike rate of 84 in a 150-plus knock was unheard of in those days. When all the Indian batsmen were falling like bowling pins, his batting was on a totally different level.