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India’s journey to the summit of Test cricket was a long one. And one of the architects of their rise to No. 1 in the ICC Test rankings has been VVS Laxman. In an interview to VV Subrahmanyam in the Sportstar, he reveals the defining moment arrived in the 2001 Test series at home against the Steve Waugh-led Australian team.
"Never before did we see an Indian captain retaliate against the Aussies the way Sourav Ganguly did even before they landed here. He should get the credit for giving us the hope and sowing the seeds of self-belief in the Indian team — that we can beat any side in the world. It is a fact that there were many great players in the past too who had played for India. But the 2001 series was when we started believing in ourselves."