Best ever Test match I have played in: Sourav Ganguly recalls historic 2001 Eden Gardens Test

first_imgExactly 18 years ago, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid paved the way for arguably India’s greatest ever victory in Test cricket. At the Eden Gardens, Laxman and Dravid hauled India out of the pits with a 376-run partnership. It was on March 14, 2001 that VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid essayed two of the most iconic knocks in Test cricket.At the start of Day 4 (March 14), India were 254 for 4. Laxman was unbeaten on 109 and Dravid was batting on the overnight score of 7. Australia were still overwhelming favourites to win the Test and clinch the series before the team set out for the final match in Chennai.But Laxman and Dravid had other plans. On March 14, 2001, the two men battled the heat and humidity of Kolkata and added 335 runs through the day. They did not allow Australia a single breakthrough. Laxman was unbeaten in 275 while Dravid had moved to 155 not out.On March 15, Laxman was set to become the first Indian to score a triple hundred in Test cricket but he fell to Glenn McGrath for 281. Dravid would go on to score 180. Harbhajan Singh ripped through the Australian batting line-up with a six-wicket haul as India stormed to a 171-run win, A few days later, India won the Chennai Test to clinch a historic series win.Ganguly, who was captain of the Indian team then, said the Eden Gardens Test was the best ever he was part of.The best ever test match I have played inSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) March 14, 2019Speaking at India Today Conclave South last year, said he had learnt a lot of life lessons during his epic knock in Kolkata in 2001.advertisement”I don’t mind that because everyone will remember that Test match. Whenever anyone talks about that 281, they will remember that Test match. And as I have said n number of times, I have learnt a lot of life lessons during that Test match and during that partnership with Rahul Dravid. The number one takeaway from that Test match was to never give up,” Laxman said at India Today Conclave South.”You know the situation we were in.. 274 runs behind, three days to go. To come back from that situation and go on to win the Test match and eventually the series was a great learning experience for all of us.”I am glad people remember that 281 but I always tell people that 281 is an unlucky number for me because I got out on 281 but I am happy people remember that knock and the Test match.”And it’s not only the Indian team, when you talk to the Australian team, they will tell you that it was probably the most competitive Test series they were part of in the last 20 or 30 years. It was a great opportunity for me and for the entire team to do something special for our country,” Laxman said.last_img read more