VVS Laxman’s 281 has been voted as the greatest Test performance of the past half century by a panel assembled by The Cricket Monthly. The panel consisted of former cricketers, commentators,writers, historians and broadcasters.

Laxman scored 281 runs at Eden Gardens in 2001 against Australia after Australia had enforced follow-on over India. He along with Dravid, who scored 183 runs, added 376 runs together for the 6th wicket. Earlier, Laxman was promoted to no.3 for this innings, a position where Dravid had batted earlier.

The Cricket Monthly has sorted out 50 best performances in Test cricket between 1966 and 2015. The popular names on the panel includes reg Chappell, John Wright, Tony Cozier, Mark Nicholas, Sanjay Manjrekar, Mike Selvey, Ramiz Raja, Scyld Berry, Osman Samiuddin and Gideon Haigh.

Second on the list if Ian Botham’s all round show in the Headingley Test in 1981 Ashes, where he won the Test match for England single handedly. Not only this, Botham gets another mention in the list at No.5 for his performance the Mumbai Test in 1980.

On number 3 is Michael Holding for his 14 wickets at the Oval Test in 1976. Pitch was pretty flat and Holding produced a gem of a spell of fast bowling to pick these wickets.

Brian Lara’s innings of 153 against Australia in 1999 at Barbados is placed 4th on the list. Lara has 4 performances in the Top 50, most by any player. He is followed by Ian Botham , who has 3 . Others whose performances have made it to Top 10 are Richard Hadlee, Bob Massie, Muttiah Muralitharan, Graham Gooch and Garry Sobers.


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