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Kolkata Test win against Australia in 2011 is the most memorable victory of India’s cricket history. VVS Laxman, who was the part of that historic day, recalls the Test match and opines how everything changed for Team India after that series.
At Eden Gardens, VVS Laxman played a match-winning innings when Australia forced to follow up after India was all out for 171 runs in their first innings. He scored 281 runs and stitched up a partnership with Rahul Dravid, who scored 180 runs. India set up a target of 384 runs for the Aussies to chase.
Eventually, India bowled out Australia for just 212 on the final day to win the match by 171 runs and level the series.
After that win, Laxman recalls that though they could not celebrate, it felt him like the whole country was celebrating after beating Australia. He also praised Harbhajan Singh, who played a significant role.
“We immediately had to go to Chennai. There was very little time to celebrate, but it felt like the whole country was celebrating along with us after that victory,” Laxman told the Times of India in an interview.
It was very tough to hit Bhajji the way he was bowling: VVS Laxman
Harbhajan Singh registered a hat-trick in the first innings which included the wickets of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne. In the second innings, he picked up six wickets and dismantled the batting line up of the visitors. In total, he notched up 13 wickets in that most memorable Test win for India. Laxman said that Harbhajan’s hat-trick had build confidence in the team.
“For a youngster making a comeback into the team, it was brilliant. Of course, he got a lot of confidence from Sourav, who backed him to the hilt because there was no Anil Kumble or Javagal Srinath,” Laxman said.
“It was very tough to hit Bhajji the way he was bowling. The best part was Bhajji taking a hat-trick. The confidence levels suddenly changed after the hat-trick. Some brilliant catches as well,” the former India star further recounted.
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