March 15, 2011

A forgotten anniversary

While the senses are riveted on the World Cup, the 10th anniversary of a landmark day in Indian cricket - the famous Kolkata stand between Laxman and Dravid - has gone unheralded, unacknowledged even
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While the senses are riveted on the World Cup, a landmark day in Indian cricket has gone unheralded, unacknowledged even. Ten years ago, on March 14, the foundation for the golden age of Indian Test cricket was laid by two remarkable men. VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid looked defeat in the eye and refused to blink.

Faced with a follow-on and an opposition which had won 16 Tests in a row, they batted on and on and on till hope and spirit drained off the Australians. For the record, they batted out the day, put on 376 runs for the 5th wicket, and the next day, which is ten years to the day today, Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar spun out Australia for 212 to secure the improbablest of wins.

This would remain the defining moment of Laxman's career, but the feat would have been less significant had it just remained a freak event. But not only was this match and series turning, it also changed the course of Indian cricket. The momentum carried India to a win at Chennai, the confidence derived from beating the one of greatest-ever Test teams carried them on a journey that ended with them becoming the No. 1 Test team in the world.

I should confess that I didn't remember the day myself. But then I am hopeless with dates. It was Jaideep Varma, the rationalist half of our Running Between the Cricket team, who messaged me breathlessly from Eden Gardens. He was chuffed already to step in to one of cricket's iconic venues for the first time in his life, but when he realised what day it was, he couldn't believe his luck. "What an honour to be here today," he wrote, "on the 10th anniversary of the greatest day in Indian cricket."

I had a busy afternoon and it was quite late when I got around to reading his message. I then messaged Dravid, asking him teasingly if he knew the significance of the day. He replied a couple of hours later. No, he hadn't known till late evening when a journalist from Kolkata called him.

But would you have guessed who his dinner guests were for the evening? VVS Laxman and family. It was a coincidence. Laxman's wife had spent the day at Dravid's house, and Laxman, who is in Bangalore to train at the National Cricket Academy, joined them for dinner. There are things you can plan, but some things are just meant to be.

Earlier this evening, I spoke about the day to John Wright, who is in Mumbai on duty as the New Zealand coach. The day before Dravid and Laxman's partnership, with India 254 for 4 after following on, Wright had been counting his days as India's first foreign coach. "That day, that Test, changed my life, and Harbhajan's."

We spoke for a while. I asked for one memory, and he gave me half a dozen. "It's all so vivid still." The fire in the stands after the win ("and then I looked back, and it was gone"); the noise when the wickets were falling ("I was asking myself how intimidating it must be for the opposition batsmen"), Laxman driving the first balls after the lunch and tea breaks for four ("just how can anyone manage to do that coming out of a break?"); and driving back with Sourav Ganguly after the press conference ("we were quiet, but a great weight had lifted off our shoulders").

India is a different country now. And Indian cricket is unrecognisable from then. Victories are now expected, taken for granted even. But Indian fans must find a quiet moment, rewind to that day, and feel grateful for it.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • mosab on November 1, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    even i am a Pakistani but still i remember every ball of that series.... i watched it ball by ball..... i use to hate australia for there long run of one sided victories.... the way VVS and dravid batted and batted long... it was a treat to watch.... and for my hate for steve waugh's team i was backing indian team the whole series......

  • Achintya Dwivedi on July 31, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    I feel so unlucky today that i was not able to watch that match on television and now i'm reading this nostalgic article. Thank you for reminding me such a gr8 memory.

  • shivpujan singh on July 21, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    wow excellent articale , that victory can,t be forgoten by cricket follower , who admier with indian team and their journey , that old memory refresh cricketing knowlege and give happiness to serious cricket lover

  • Sourabh on May 12, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    wow!!....nostalgia.....

  • Rakesh Chaudhary on March 30, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    I think it was the best test match I have ever seen in my life.Being one down in three match series and then asked to follow on in the second, everything was looking bleak for India.But the way VVS and Rahul batted they literally pulled victories from jaws of Australians.Also Harbhajan took 15 wickets in the match to ensure a chimerical Indian victory.I totally agree with the author that this victory was the stepping stone for Indian rise to no.1 Test team in the world.I feel lucky that I had the opportunity to watch the live and enjoy the special feeling of victory

  • Harsh Thakor on March 24, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    The Laxman-Dravid stand was one of Cricket's most unforgetaable moments which laid the base for a miraculuos win for India who virtually ressurected themselves from the grave.It was magnificient witnessing the artistry and innovative ability of V.V.S.Laxman with the technical brilliance and tenacity of Rahul Dravid.It was fitting that such a game broke Australia's record unbroken run in test cricket wher India faced a follow on.It displayed India's capacity to rise up from the most adverse circumstances.

  • Rakesh on March 21, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    great article, i was preparing for +2 board exams , on those two days i did not read anything so exited thanks for bringing back memories.

  • Pavan on March 18, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    I remember the day so well (or should i say night) - i was still doing my masters in US and the game being played in India meant we had to be up all night and sleep the whole day. My room mate was system administrator - we watched the game in our university server room on one of the servers! THANKYOU Dravid and Lax!

  • Rahul on March 18, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Superb use of words to describe one of the greatest wins by India. I have already copied the content and will read as and when I feel down and out.....just reading about it gave me lots of +ve energy....Great job, thanks CricInfo and KUDOS to Sambit.........

  • chaitanya on March 18, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    nah mate.. never gonna forget that day,ever. the best day ever. I remember I was jumping on my bed and the kicking the pillows. became a true cricket fan ever since.

  • mosab on November 1, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    even i am a Pakistani but still i remember every ball of that series.... i watched it ball by ball..... i use to hate australia for there long run of one sided victories.... the way VVS and dravid batted and batted long... it was a treat to watch.... and for my hate for steve waugh's team i was backing indian team the whole series......

  • Achintya Dwivedi on July 31, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    I feel so unlucky today that i was not able to watch that match on television and now i'm reading this nostalgic article. Thank you for reminding me such a gr8 memory.

  • shivpujan singh on July 21, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    wow excellent articale , that victory can,t be forgoten by cricket follower , who admier with indian team and their journey , that old memory refresh cricketing knowlege and give happiness to serious cricket lover

  • Sourabh on May 12, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    wow!!....nostalgia.....

  • Rakesh Chaudhary on March 30, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    I think it was the best test match I have ever seen in my life.Being one down in three match series and then asked to follow on in the second, everything was looking bleak for India.But the way VVS and Rahul batted they literally pulled victories from jaws of Australians.Also Harbhajan took 15 wickets in the match to ensure a chimerical Indian victory.I totally agree with the author that this victory was the stepping stone for Indian rise to no.1 Test team in the world.I feel lucky that I had the opportunity to watch the live and enjoy the special feeling of victory

  • Harsh Thakor on March 24, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    The Laxman-Dravid stand was one of Cricket's most unforgetaable moments which laid the base for a miraculuos win for India who virtually ressurected themselves from the grave.It was magnificient witnessing the artistry and innovative ability of V.V.S.Laxman with the technical brilliance and tenacity of Rahul Dravid.It was fitting that such a game broke Australia's record unbroken run in test cricket wher India faced a follow on.It displayed India's capacity to rise up from the most adverse circumstances.

  • Rakesh on March 21, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    great article, i was preparing for +2 board exams , on those two days i did not read anything so exited thanks for bringing back memories.

  • Pavan on March 18, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    I remember the day so well (or should i say night) - i was still doing my masters in US and the game being played in India meant we had to be up all night and sleep the whole day. My room mate was system administrator - we watched the game in our university server room on one of the servers! THANKYOU Dravid and Lax!

  • Rahul on March 18, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Superb use of words to describe one of the greatest wins by India. I have already copied the content and will read as and when I feel down and out.....just reading about it gave me lots of +ve energy....Great job, thanks CricInfo and KUDOS to Sambit.........

  • chaitanya on March 18, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    nah mate.. never gonna forget that day,ever. the best day ever. I remember I was jumping on my bed and the kicking the pillows. became a true cricket fan ever since.

  • Sampath on March 18, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Thanks a lot for taking us back to one of the great day's of indian cricket.which, almost every one has forgotten..... Hatsoff to Dravid and VVS.... You showed the way to figtback.....

  • Shankar Rao on March 18, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Sweet memories... excellent article.. thanks to remind. Yes it is forgotten everybody. Even the news channels who search for news. They wouldn't have forgot the day if Sachin was there in that partnership. Why this discrimination against with Dravid. He is always forgotten by media and staticians, who always after Sachin's feats, ofcourse one cannot ignore the master, he is the supreme in the sport, but one should not ignore others achievements too. Cricket is a team game not individual game. If Sachin is the number one Dravid is number two. He should get that recognition.

  • PBS on March 17, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    I remember this day. I was in collage at that time and din't see a single ball of that particular day live. The evening before the epic day, while returning to hostel room after classes, following our daily ritual of stopping by at chay-wala to get news of the day we learnt that Laxman-Dravid were on the crease. No body had any hopes-after all this was the Steve Waugh's great Australian tema. Next day in the morning, lectures before lunch and then back to back to labs after noon. I was one of those studious kinda guy who didn't bunk many classes. There were two other guys who has some weired confidence in Laxman and Dravid, which, initially I laughed at-those guys were outside and watching cricket at chay-wala tapri. They would come near the window and tell us with hand gestures-'still playing'. Wow ! those 'still playing' through out the day was so awesome. I want to relive that day. :)

  • amitabh on March 17, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    very nostalgic and a timely article , only if our current lot get inspired by this , that partnership still gives me goosebumps ...the real edifice of today's team india

  • Nishath on March 17, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Ah, the seed of Indian Test cricket's success. Can't forget this day. EVER!

  • ABHIJIT JOSHI on March 17, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Dear Sambit ,

    Indeed that was one of the most memorable days of Indian Cricket . The day is the one which induced the habit of WINNING in India . Earlier in the days of Gavaskar India used to play to draw the game and not lose it . But after this day Indians started to play to WIN .

    I still feel these two heros ( atleast THE WALL ) were playing this World Cup .

  • Anurag .y on March 17, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Excellent article.......i get tears every time i hear about this improbable victory.kudos to vvs and the wall.

  • Kool Kat on March 17, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    2011-12 is going to be a busy year for Test Cricket. I do hope we do not hear pesky calls for Raina to replace Dravid or Kohli to replace VVS. These two are still the most valuable players in India in the Test format. These two guys invariably crack a century when it matters most - an Indian victory.

  • nan on March 17, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Let them say i lived in the times of Dravid....let them say i lived in the times of VVS who tamed the likes of Shane Warne, Gillespie and Mcgrath

  • Varun Kasera on March 17, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    It was my 2nd visit to the Eden Gardens and with my younger brother with me we had gone to watch the day 5 of this match and it was a memorable day.We never thought that India would beat the then Australian team led by Steve Waugh by such a margin.It was ominous,breathtaking and exciting.Still I have that memory that I was shouting at the top of my voice after we won,yes,we won !!!!!

  • Raakesh Menon on March 17, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    It just feels like yesterday. Still fresh in the memories. Amazing day, Amazing decade, Amazing men, Amazing Team.

    All the best to all.

  • sean on March 17, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    I'm an Australian and as a nation we have many great sporting achievements. But that performance on that day by those two batsmen is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in sport. Not only did they do it in a situation where things seemed lost, they did it against the best team in the world and two of the best bowlers in history. That achievement should rank up there with the greatest sporting events ever. You are right, it changed Indian cricket and is probably the single best performance I have ever seen in cricket.

  • Anonymous on March 17, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Salutations Major Glory!

  • Emancipator007 on March 17, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    @Anonymous who watched the India-WI ODI match in Berbice live, please pass on your email ad. I am desperate for first-hand reports about that match-the Indian journalists who covered that seminal match have passed away. @Mahindra, did you get to watch the Berbice too?If so, reply.

    Some Aussies commenting here are needlessly harping about Harbhajan little understanding his extreme passion to win matches for India against OZ and SA-tough Test nations. If we start talking about the personalities/characters of Aussie cricketers, most of them would be in the cricketing Hall of Shame.

    Another fact about the match is that Ganguly may have made the most valuable 48 ever in Test history and actually led the fightback with Laxman in a century partnership before McGrath used an under-handed sledge about Naghma, Gang's purported lover and caused him to lose concentration and his wicket.

  • Engle on March 17, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    A tiny tid-bit overlooked in this feat.

    Indian batsmen, up until that point, were considered weak batsmen in terms of accumulating a large double century. The Gavaskar's, Tendulkars and all other esteemed Indian batsmen could never crack the 250+ score.

    Whereas all other Test nations did, even S.Lanka (267-Aravinda), N.Zealand (299-M.Crowe), Zimbabwe (266-D.Houghton) and of course S.Africa, Pakistan, WIndies, England and Australia.

    India was the only Test nation lacking a large double and when VVS scaled that, no one mentioned this in the above context. Yet it broke a ceiling and paved the way for others to follow and exceed.

  • Gaurav on March 17, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Dear Sambit, It was such a well written article!!!! I feel like sharing my memory of the day, I remember it clearly as next day my board exam was suppose to start. Needless to say that cricket was last thing in my mind, but then when I was getting updated by my father about what was happening I could not stop myself being distracted from studies (well it came quiet naturally to me anyways). My Father noticed it and asked am I prepared enough to pass next day, I replied 'Yes'. He then said come and sit with me and watch the match. My Mom did protest to which he replied 'If he fails tomorrow, he can take the exam next year, but if he misses the match today, he might not see anything like this ever'. Thanks Rahula and VVS for providing such a beautiful memory...:-)

  • Shahzan on March 16, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Sambit Bal U also reminded me Javed Miandad's six on the last ball in Austral Asia Cup 1986 in Sharjah!!! U and the whole India can also remember what was the team Pakistan was playing against!!! What a day that was!!! Pakistan is still proud of that very day!!!

  • Krishna on March 16, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    well to me this test was more exciting than even the tie test of Australia and Wet indies

    Surprisingly Sachin failed in batting but shone as a bowler.Sachin did come back in Chinai with a century.

    Sachin who was well utilised by Ganguli at times as a bowler.In fact when Kumbley's jaw was broken in West indies he was one of the main spinner .How sad inspite of such record Sachin is nowadays ignored completely as a bowler by Dhoni

  • Harsha Birur on March 16, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    It was really remarkable achievement in the Indian Cricketing history, That feat by Dravid (the wall) and Very Very Special Lucky made it even more memorable. Kudos to both and also those guys who were part of the memorable match as playing 11.

  • Anonymous on March 16, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    excellent artical

  • vishal on March 16, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Every time the glorious dominating era of Australia is mentioned, the Aussies tip their hat to allan border... after the final frontier was breached in 04 gilly and co paid tribute to steve waugh for raising awareness of the importance of beating ind in ind to be regarded as a great team... For every series victory of Dhoni we must remember Ganguly and of course that that iconic match that inspired them on..

  • Manish Das on March 16, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    lots of memories come when i think about this match.for the start,I told my friends on the end of 3rd day,that if dravid n VVS batted the whole day there was a chance.they told,i was an idiot.n on the 4th day, i watched the whole day's play...didn't miss a single ball( coz india lost a wicket every time i left the seat on 3rd day). and....i skipped school...on the last day of the 3rd test, i finished my exam paper in 1 n half hr so that i can watch the match without any worries .......

  • Ranganath on March 16, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    I can never forget that innings of laxman and dravid, since on that day my daughter was born. We still keep telling her that on the day that you were born india won

  • Subramani on March 16, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    For the people who are commenting Bad/Negatively about this article...all you guys do not fully understand the significance of this victory...pls get a life...

  • Raj on March 16, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    A very emotional article. How come one forget being one of the 100,000 luckiest people in Eden Gardens on that memorable day to witness such an enthralling partnership between two of the greatest test batsmen India has ever produced. I believe that victory changed the mindset of that Indian team and all future teams altogether and instilled a "never say die" attitude in them.

  • SujitVenu on March 16, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Thanks for reminding all of us about this epic day .... I had burst fire crackers in our locality ...many people then felt what the fuss was all about.... now years later this match has only increased the followers of TEST CRICKET...THE REAL CRICKET

  • Shirkant Parakh on March 16, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    A proof that TEST cricket is also entertaining. Spread over 5 days this test was like WAR between two nations, one fighting for the pride and other for the supremacy. Many more such matches came in TEST CRICKET after this match but you this was Very Very Special

  • Rohit on March 16, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @Shahzan.. we are the no. 1 team u cant deny that.. and if we want to celebrate our test cricketer's achivements, why should it bother anyone.. just mind ur own busines/team.. pal..

  • ചെലക്കാണ്ട് പോടാ on March 16, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Excellent, Excellent Excellent day(anniversary) of indian cricket passed off unnoticed.

  • alos on March 16, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Article is in the wrong place in the wrong time ..

  • Navya on March 16, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    I got goosebumps reading dis article just like the day i watched dis match... It feels really great to know people still remember and acknowledge the contributions of these legends to Indian Cricket. ALL HAIL D WALL....

    RAHUL u r and will always be My HERO.....

  • Satya Menon on March 16, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Wonderful article, Sambit. That day changed Indian cricket and made us believe that we are second to none

  • Satya Menon on March 16, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Wonderful article, Sambit. That day changed Indian cricket and made us believe that we are seond to none

  • relax2themax on March 16, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Thanks for reminding the greatest day in the history of not only Indian cricket but world cricket, i vividly remember the day i was at work and my boos told me that aussies have been sent on leather hunt by our duo. End of the day my friend came over and we both watched the highlights of the innings at a pub. What a day..........Lucky to see that

  • Tachyon on March 16, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Awesome one Sambit! I truly believe that this match marked a turn around in our fortunes and set the tone in the march towards World #1 rankings. To all uncouth Paki fans, Hahaha ... your pathetic team is in quarters only because of fluke wins over useless minnows. How was the thrashing at the hands of the kiwis? We and even BD hammered and blanked them and you losers lost by more than 100 runs! Mark my words. Pakis will be out in the Quarters.

  • Krishna Chaitanya on March 16, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    The mere mention of 281 reminds the name of VVS. Let that number be patented to him. And to speak of the Wall, nothing more would suit him than just call him the WALL...Somebody really put them properly, WALL & WRISTS...A great combo...

    Another interesting point over here is everyone is sharing their own memories of the day...That is the effect this partnership has on Indian minds. ANd if my foreign friends who want to read other articles are disappointed, then let them be...let their heroes create such magic for themselves...

  • Tathagata Das on March 16, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Yessss,14th March is Laxman-Dravid Day

  • anubhav on March 16, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    All those of you who are being critical of sambit's article must realise the psyche of the Indian fan back then.We lost test matches to Zimbabwe and a loss was taken in our stride because we thought India was not good enough.We lost more than we won, were happy to be among the top 5 cricketing teams(out of 9!!!!) and generally took comfort in big losses as long as there were brilliant individual performances.... tat was the scene right from 1932-2001.We were the chokers back then, losing many matches from winnable posiitions.And suddenly,from out of nowhere we won this amazing match and havent looked back since even in our daily life

  • Shyam on March 16, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    In 1st innings Dravid played at No 3 and Laxman No 6 position, but in the 2nd innings Laxman went at No 3 and Dravid at No 6, that shows a master stroke from our famed captain Ganguly - undoubtedly the best Indian Captain, even if not better than Dhoni.

  • Sravanth Varma on March 16, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    I was in my 8th class when this match happened. My Finals were going on. This match has changed my career for ever (negatively of course), but the feeling of pride which I got that day, to be born in India, Priceless.

  • Boll on March 16, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Yep, great partnership. Dravid and Laxman supreme. (The less said about Harbjhan`s `hat-trick` the better though).

  • Arun on March 16, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    The most important milestone after India's WC triumph. Thanks for reminding. :)

  • FF on March 16, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    How many times is Cricinfo going to go over this? geez, talk about blowing trumpets.

  • pravin on March 16, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    That victory still gives me goosebumps. Laxman is the"GREATEST MATCH WINNER"(not someone who scores when you dont win) for India. Since 1996 till date whenever we recollect the greatest Test victories most of the time the common factor is VVS. He started that in his debut test (not sure many remember it) but he scored a half century against Donald & Co in 2nd innings (not surprising)to give SA 170 odd to chase and then Srinath & Kumble won the game.Perth 08 & Joburg 2006 & Durban 10 he played significant roles to push the target beyond the reach of the opposition.Port of Spain 2002, Adelaide 2003,mohali columbo 10,mumbai04 most victories bear his stamp of class

  • Chintan on March 16, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Excellent article! Still remember that day, listening to the comm on the radio in college and bunking class to watch harbhajan dismissing the aussies. Very true, the day that changed indian cricket!!

  • D C V Mallik on March 16, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Thanks for a timely reminder to us of the greatest moment of Indian cricket. I may not have remembered the date but the event is etched in my memory in letters of gold. And I never cease to be surprised and thrilled.

  • BSG on March 16, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Speaking as an Australian, my two favourite series of recent times were India 01 and England 05. I would have prefered to have won, of course, but ultimately it's about watching enthralling cricket and they don't come much better than those two. I developed a huge admiration for that Indian cricket team of 2001 - especially for Dravid and Laxman, who for me embody all that is good about Indian cricket. Sadly, Harbajhan embodies all that is bad.

  • RS on March 16, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    As someone who took 5 days off from work with the promise of coming back to office at 5 pm and working for 4-5 hrs every day, and as someone who was present on the ground for all the days, this certainly brings back memories. After the 3rd day, I had a bet with my Dad that India would not lose, but never thought that we would win. Sadly, Baba is no more, but the memories of Eden live on. As a life member, I am delighted to be there for all tests

  • Summit Kakkar on March 16, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    The 2 greatest innings ever played in the history of Indian Cricket : ODI - Kapil Dev 175* in WC 1983, Test - VVS Laxman 281 v Aus, Kolkata 2001. These 2 innings have changed in face of Indian Cricket.

  • Arup on March 16, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    I remember all the 5 days quite vividly. I was at Block B. The follow-on drew a lot of anger. Earlier we had watched SA beating India at Eden and also Pakistan. But, now after 10 years, that match has removed quite a lot of bad memories.

  • Jaideep on March 16, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    The 2 greatest innings ever played in the history of Indian Cricket : ODI - Kapil Dev 175* in WC 1983, Test - VVS Laxman 281 v Aus, Kolkata 2001. These 2 innings have changed in face of Indian Cricket.

  • Wishy on March 16, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Sambit, thanks for bringing this to our attention. It was perhaps the most important day in Indian cricket over the last decade, and I did take a quiet moment to reflect on how far we have come since then.

  • Shehzad on March 16, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    100% agreed with Shahzan. Cricket now a days has become only that day's game on which you are playing that, records are always made to break only not to keep them with you and worship them. No chance for Ind as of their current performance to win the world cup but I can bet all of these players will play IPL will full control ;).

  • KEVIN M MACHADO on March 16, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    unsung heroes of Indian cricket, humble, honest & true geniuses.

    when i talk of them i feel proud to be called "Indian"

  • Mahindra on March 16, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    I must add to my previous comment that significant events like the Calcutta,2001, come from behind victory need to be highlighted simply for the reason that they inspire us all to dream about the unthinkable. Yes the unthinkable results like June the 25th,1983 in the sun-bathed and glorious lords. We are also inspired in our personal lives to achieve unbelievable feats. Berbice, Guyana(1983) and the last VB series in Australia when Sachin Scored a hundred and a 91 to tame the Aussies are moments I will forever treasure. Keep taking us on those wonderful memory lanes.

  • Ameya on March 16, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    We had forgotten. Thanks Sambit for reminding us!

  • Abishek on March 15, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    Great article! Great memories! This was truly a sport-changing event. Dravid and Laxman, two of India's unsung heroes took India to a place in world cricket they may not have reached this quickly. Wish they were part of this world cup as well. The confidence gained from the match is still present today and is one of the reasons for India being called the favorites for this world cup in my opinion.

  • Anil Mistry on March 15, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    What a day. Indeed the best day of cricket of my life. Dravid was awesome and Laxman exquisite. I too shall watch the DVD again. World cup is not a patch on this match for sheer excitement.

  • Looch on March 15, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    An unforgettable, once in a generation Test Matchand I can tell you Sambit, the date nor the match have not been forgotten here in Australia! Perhaps only a couple of matches in the Aust v WI series of 60-61 are comparable to that Eden Gardens classic.

  • LongLiveTeamIndia on March 15, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    that day stands as one of the greatest moments in indian cricket, cannot forget the look on faces of mcgrath, warne and waugh, i feel that as an editor you should post such articles on a separate section and not sandwiched between a match that has no relation what so ever!

  • Nigam Mehta on March 15, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    This is when my love of Test Cricket started. As others of my generation, I always used to think that Test Cricket is boring 5 days of cricket with most of the games ending in a draw. But with Bhajji's hat-trick and record partnership between "The wrists" & "The Wall" of Indian cricket, everything changed dramatically. From that day onwards, there would be hardly a test match I would have missed!! Changed the whole perception of Test Cricket for India, Indians & the world!! Hail Team INDIA!!! It has obviously become the turning point of INDIAN CRICKET FACE!!

  • indianpunter on March 15, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    There you go again! Despite being a very patriotic indian guy, i cannot see the relevance of such an article in btw the world cup. Who says Dravid is the forgotten man? He is till in the team on his reputation and the deeds done in the distant past ( read 2006 and prior). It would be a shame and a slap on the face of indian cricket if he is still in the team to England in July.

  • Niraj Kheria on March 15, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    I was at the eden garden on this day. Believe it or not i still have the ticket for this day in my wallet and watching it right now as i type this comment. All the scenes are getting refreshed, the runs, the wickets, the drop by prasad, everything. It was a dream come true match. I was in the ground an hour before the start, watched everyone practicing, what a feeling to be a part of this match

  • Gure on March 15, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Salute the warriors!

  • Sidanshu on March 15, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Thank you Sambit for the article! I have watched the highlights of that Day4 around 100+ times now. Laxman and Dravid are match winners. Thank you LAX and Dravid

  • Apurva on March 15, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Sambit, I guess you don't read the "On This Day" section of your site everyday :)

    Anyways, i guess the anniversary wasn't forgotten by all of us. Many of us did remember it. Thanks in large part to Cricinfo.

    Thanks for the article. The fact that Dravid & Laxman were having dinner together 10 years to the day is just unbelievable. There just had to be divine intervention for Indian cricket that day in 2001 and this is further proof.

  • safi on March 15, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Thanks a lot for reminding us one of the greatest day in test history.

  • Anonymous on March 15, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Ssmbit, I noticed a few persons writing negatively in relation to this wonderful article. Sorry guys, you are missing the point. Every cricketing nation needs to highlight the matches and significant moments that have changed the way people look at the sport.Get real! This Calcutta test match of 2001 is one such magical moment as are the 1983 world cup and India's first one day international victory over the West Indies. This match was played in Berbice, Guyana. I was fortunate to see this match. Kapil Dev blasted 71 from 39 balls and Gavaskar made 91. Richards made 64 in reply but the West Indies fell short by 29 runs. It was a Phagwah (Holi) day and the Indians felt as if they were in India. Guyana has East Indians making up 55% of its population. So Sambit keep reminding us of what inspired this generation of Indian cricketers to be number one. Forget the detractors!

  • Prakhar Sachdeo on March 15, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    i have read about this epic piece of cricket history about 100 times now but i have never got fed up or bored . Even now it makes the hairs on my skin stand. It has been one of the greatest achievements of indian cricket. I can only say one thing at this point .. If india could achieve this than India can achieve anything in Cricket .. ICC CWC 2011 included .. Hats OFF to RD and VVS

  • Basit on March 15, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    I thought I was going to get something related to Ireland-SA match, especially on how JP played...

  • Srinath Iyer on March 15, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    I was watching that match from the Australian Consulate TV since it was only office which had TV and was bang outside my office in Mumbai. No one can forget the emotion on that day. The Consulate guys were so pissed off that they removed the TV next day.

  • Ramsundar on March 15, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    I still vividly remember that day when me and my best friend then , submitted incomplete answer sheets and ran out of the examination hall to watch the lunch session of the fourth day.Such was the excitement then!

    It was a dream week for every Indian, the other achievement being Pullela Gopichand's win in the All England Open Badminton Championships.

  • Chinmay on March 15, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    That was a wonderful day for indian cricket. Thanks Sambit for reminding.

  • Varun on March 15, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    "Never in the history was so much owed by so many, to so few". What fine thread weaves their character, of Dravid, and Laxman.

  • John Max Soares on March 15, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    M just here to pay my tribute to these great men ......Lax me your No.1 fan ....never wanna see u go ...all the best for everything ahead ...and i still believe your best is yet to come !!!....... i am waiting to cel'brte like neva before .....

  • tainted on March 15, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    ah.. this brings back so many memories... truly the greatest test triumph, not only for what was achieved, and what we achieved since... brings a tear to my eye even now... The way dravid and laxman batted was just mind-boggling... just goes to show when you set your mind to something, anything can be achieved... This started the dada-era... Note for all those "fans" who are criticising this article - GET A LIFE...

  • Murtaza on March 15, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Sweet memories. Like any momentous occasion, that victory at the Eden has to be seen in the context in which it came. And what was the context...India was always beaten in Test matches abroad. The only consolation was victories at home (engineered mostly by Kumble). And here was this ruthless Australian side who thrashed us at Mumbai and were repeating the dose at Kolkata. Our only redeeming point i.e.- victory at home was being brutally snatched away from us. And then Laxman-Dravid & Harbhajan engineered a miracle...and in the process gave India back their pride. Truly some things in life are priceless.

  • Anonymous on March 15, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Thank you for the reminder....Surely this is my favorite match and possibly my favorite's(Dravid) favorite one too....\m/\m/

  • Umair on March 15, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Looking at some other recent articles about Indian Cricket, I am just wondering what exactly was the greatest day in India cricket or lets say greatest days of new era in Indian cricket? Is it the day of that Kaif/Yuvraj Partnership? The match against Pakistan? or then this day mentioned above? or perhaps everyone has their own version of the "greatest" days in Modren Era of Inidan cricket?

  • ultrasnow on March 15, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Thanks Sambit Let's hope Sat Apr 2, 2011 is another red letter day

  • m_ilind on March 15, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Great players! Both are being missed in the current WC Indian team. The presence of either one would have been a stabilizing influence on our middle order. Maybe, they are slow in the field now, but our team has many slow outfielders too.

  • Mallesh on March 15, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    I think many youngsters like me started watching test matches also with the same enthu after this match.

  • suraj on March 15, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Its was something that day, I was giving my CAT interviews and more exicited at the thought of the match as it progressed. As they say rest is history..as positive thing happened on both turfs :). WoW....

  • atif scorpion on March 15, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    First of all great article..Laxman is one of my favorites. But I would also like to read an article years from now about the worst Indian defeat in WC history by South Africa. Not to forget "In India in front of a full packed stadium".

  • Elayaraja M on March 15, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Truly the greatest of all comebacks from an Indian team. Dravid's role was also equally important to that of Laxman's. If he was not there, everybody knows what would have happened: At best an unbeaten century from Laxman and innings defeat from India.

    It is just a co-incidence that another great of their generation, Brian Lara played an epic knock against the same team (Aus, 1999) to defeat them @ Jamaica on the same day.

    He acknowledged that watching Dravid and Laxman play against the Aussies in Adelaide, putting together another match-winning partnership (2003-2004 tour) inspired him to score a double against South-Africa.

  • Emancipator007 on March 15, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    changed approach and especially his gamesmanship tactics to unnerve the Aussies after the 1st Test loss. I have always maintained that the Ganguly-Waugh’ teams’ face –offs in 2001 and 2003-04 were akin to the Imran-Viv Richards’ teams’ intensely fought, titanic and riveting Test series of the 80s. Sincerely, Emancipator Real cricket connoisseurs are reliving that Test series and have not forgotten it at all.

  • Emancipator007 on March 15, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    1. Cricinfo Staff should pass on emails to Editors. Here is my email sent about a month ago about this entire SERIES, not just this day. Dear Editors, The 10th Anniv of arguably the best, most pulsating and hardest fought Test series of the last decade -India-OZ 2001-is coming bang in the middle of the World Cup. But its significance cannot be overlooked as it was the first major Test series after the match-fixing crisis broke out in April 2000.I suggest Bhogle who followed the series VERY closely(Mukul too for the Telegraph and Prem Panicker of rediff), Ayaz Memon, Suresh Menon, Raju Bharatan of the Sporstar and Dileep/Sambit/Rahul give wide-ranging perspectives. Malcolm Conn(who although was highly biased and reporting in India),Steve Waugh,John Wright and Roebuck could round off the "Looking Back" series along with some fan-bloggers. Let Lokendra Pratap Sahi of Telegraph who understands Ganguly’s mindset best interview Ganguly to find out more about his deliberately CONTD.

  • naveen on March 15, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Thanks sambit for this. It is one of the happiest memories in my life as well. It did gave lot of confidence to many Indians as well - Not just for indian cricketers.

  • Arun R Pillai on March 15, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Thank you for reminding most of us, thanks!

  • raji on March 15, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Thank you Sambit for enlightening us with this rewind of the wonderful match and special thanks for the gr8 display with bat n ball by Dravid, VVS, Harbajan & Tendulkar under the leadership of Ganguly!!! Let's hope to see more such exciting matches favouring India...

  • Saurabh on March 15, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Definitely, one of the most touching of articles on Indian cricket. Very well narrated - realistic, to-the-point and of course, with a noble cause - to urge Indian fans to not take victories for granted.

  • prem on March 15, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Thanks sambit for this article, Its an extraordinary day of Indian CRICKET I could remember all those moments the first reactions upon scorecard update - the astonishing unbelievable moments that we shared in the school canteen at the evening break that INDIA are still batting out there without losing any wickets. The astonishment continued the next day as we went on to win the TEST.

  • Sougata Som on March 15, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    I was asking every one for a ticket for the 1st 3 days of that test match. Finally I got a ticket for the day 4 as every body was expecting another big defeat including me. Still I wanted to go there as I never visited Eden before that day ...and what I got is nothing but A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE!!!!

  • siva on March 15, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Tears in my eyes when i recall that memorabilia ...

  • Senthil on March 15, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Including me in the Dravid Laxman's anniversary..!! Great match, great scene and most importantly great Dravid..!!

  • Toney on March 15, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    I still remember watching the hatrick a a friend's place in Hyderabad. With the game "sure to be lost", the hatrick was still celebrated. And then, those tense moments when our No 1 legspinner (Kumble out with injruy) made victory a surety. Awesome day...

  • Sujay Ukil on March 15, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    We are greatful to Dravid and Laxman for providing us such an innings and that also in Eden Gardens. Thanks Sambit for your article. While reading it I could able to feel the tension and excitement of that match.

  • Mahesh Ranka on March 15, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Awesome to refresh memories... and that too in the middle of some crazy cricket and stories going on.

    thanks Sambit and Jaideep

    CricInfo is truley the "home of cricket on the net"!

  • anirudh on March 15, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    This day provided me with one of the most cherished memories of indian cricket ever. This day changed Indias image from a team of underperformers with big stars to a team with world class performers and showed the never sayin dying attitude.Dravid you are my favourite batsmen and the only batsmen who plays proper traditional cricket and that is the cricket personally what i have loved to see.Laxman you are the greatest flicker of the ball,your wrist work is sheer magic to watch.Love u guys,true stars of indian cricket.

  • anirudh on March 15, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    this day provided me with one of the most cherished memories of indian cricket ever. This day changed Indias image from a team of names on paper to a team with world class performers and showed the never sayin dying attitude.Dravid you are my favourite batsmen and the only batsmen who plays proper traditional cricket and that is the cricket personally what i have loved to see.Laxman you are the greatest flicker of the ball,your wrist work is sheer magic to watch.Love u guys,true stars of indian cricket.

  • mahindra on March 15, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Wonderful article Sambit. I followed this match and wasn,t surprised to see VVS and Rahul shutting the Aussies up. I think this is one of the greatest cricket series ever. Hope India can win thiis world cup. The Aussies are on a winning streak and just like 2001 India are capable of stopping them in their tracks.

  • upendra on March 15, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    I remembered that days when Dravid and Laxman played oneday games.... It was great moments to watch them playing.... I hope they will play in tests till the test championship.. and make india a first champion team in tests...

  • Sanyog on March 15, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    I was in Eden that day, watched the third day...and did not return to see the fourth. But its all etched in my mind. Thanks for a lovely article Sambit.

  • Sai on March 15, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Big Geepers! I almost forgot it! Thanks for reminding us. Legendary performance by two of the finest batsman(if not the finest)that India had ever produced!

  • Anmar on March 15, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Why on earth is this article on the world cup page, tagged next to the SA-Ireland match? Over-inflated sense of self-importance much? Or is it just because BCCI/Indian cricket is so rich? Methinks a bit of both.

    Seriously. This is the only really obtrusive irritant about Indian cricket, which is otherwise brilliant to follow - the need to rub in any and all achievements and accolades into peoples' faces at every opportunity. Do you remember the Aussies going on about how good they were when they were ruling the Test roost a decade? Not that I can recall, they were just letting their performances do the talking.

    This goes especially for all Indian commentators. Learnt a bit of humility, Please. The Indian team is brilliant, but there have been many better teams in cricketing history (due largely to a consistent lack of world class pacemen in India).

    Okay, rambled on enough. No offense to Indian fans. Sachin rules.

  • Joy on March 15, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    But you didn't mention about Saurav Ganguly, the main man behind this history...!!

  • Som on March 15, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Thanks Sambit for reminding us of that wonderful event. This day/week could be dedicated and celebrated as the time when India got "Test Enlightenment"

  • Vivek on March 15, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Lovely article. Thanks for bringing back the memories!

  • bipin on March 15, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    well i do remember that day because of one reason, we were in a classroom training during that week and after india was following on and losing wickets i told my friends freakishly that laxman and dravid will bat for whole day and make double centuries and india will bowl out australia thereafter, although dravid did not made a double then as he got for 180 odd, the rest of the prediction was dead right

  • vishnu ramjeet on March 15, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    it was a great match

  • KB on March 15, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    All hail to these to stalwarts... Indian cricket owes both of them a lot more than they get!

  • rahul on March 15, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    india ruled d world of cricket twice. first, 1983 WC final nd second, d fourth day f second test in eden. both dravid nd laxman batted d whole day. ausies tried 9 of its bowlers but none suceeded nd laxman scored as he wished... on d final day bhajji took sevn wickets to win d game while sachin got d last 3. whut a match it must have been it truly changd harbhajan's career who took 32 out 50 wickts (64%) alone in three match series....

  • Vignesh on March 15, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Truely a great day to remember and, Hard to think that it has been 10 years since that glorious win. Thank you for this lovely reminder.

  • Saswata on March 15, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Thank you VVS, Bhajji, Dravid and the rest of the team & John Wright for delivering the greatest win in Indian Test cricket. And above all thank you DADA for believing that your team could do it when most of the country didn't..:)

  • Bhup on March 15, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Absolutely! What a day it was! The match still gives goosebumps. ore than Dravid, it made Laxman very very special. This day that year gave birth to one of India's finest finisher in test matches! S\

  • Abhijit Das on March 15, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    wonderful article Sambit to remind us all of that greatest of wins by Team India. I was in US at that time on my first visit and didn't watch any of the matches live. After the Mumbai thrashing, I just could not find any interest to follow this epic test series. then after the 3rd day's play at Calcutta, I said, here we go again..another thrashing. Much to my astonishment, when I checked the scores at the end of day 4, I was so overjoyed to read about this career changing partnership and the hapless Aussies bowling with everything..they even tried with our Punter friend. and yet more amazing was the turnaround in fortunes on the 5th day. our Indian side has gone through similar collapses so many times and here was a moment when we repaid everything back, almost if not all, to the Aussie juggernaut. it was a victory conjured by the GODS who look after Indian cricket. till date, I enjoy the highlights from that series whenever I can. Thanks once again.

  • Salim Jessani on March 15, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Thanks Sambit. Brought back golden memories, least of all the tuition I bunked to watch the two days of the greatest test match ever. Quite fitting and fateful that Dravid and Laxman ate together celebrating the 10th anniversary. Definitely the foundation stone for India's number 1 ranling now.

  • Moti Prakash Panda on March 15, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    OH.... Wat a gr8 de that was. frm that test onwards i started lykin Test crkt, really a gr8 effort by laxman n dravid duo wid bat n bhaji wid ball.

  • vk on March 15, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    MY TEAMS FOR KNOCKOUTS --

    AUS vs WI SL vs ENG NZ vs IND PAK vs SA

    SEMIS- SL vs IND AUS vs SA

    FINALS- All the fours teams have chances.Depends who ever plays their best cricket.

    Its all not about just talent.Its a mental game who ever plays SMART CRICKET just the way SA and NZ are doing now ..will win the CUP.GL to all cricket lovers.

  • Unmesh on March 15, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Sambit,

    Thanks for reminding us of that great day! That was indeed the beginning of a new era for Indian cricket. Between 2001-2005, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid were involved in several defining partnerships which changed Indian cricket. Who can forget their knocks in Steve Waugh's farewell series in 2003-2004? Rahul Dravid is currently not in best of form. But people seem to forget his enormous contribution during 2001-2005 period. This man is pivotal in changing the way people looked at India as a Test team. Kudos to Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman!

    Unmesh

  • sree on March 15, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    I remember the day clearly.It was an improbabale spectacle and given me immense confidence and self motivation as a human being

  • Marcus on March 15, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Do we really need every accomplishment in Indian's cricketing history so routinely slammed down our throats.

    I really doubt most following Ireland v South Africa would care too much, even if the events occured at the same venue as the match.

  • Subramani on March 15, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Oh Sambit...Just made my day....I just went 10 years back to that day and how I watched the match, lying upside down in a single seater sofa the whole day. I will surely watch the video (yes I have the DVD) before I sleep 2day....

  • shahzan on March 15, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Stop singing old and forgotten songs Mr.Sambit Bal.....think about current days.....Indian media,fans and writers are in the habit of chanting hymns of forgotten stories about Indian few victories. Team India has always been over-rated. They are undeservedly # 1 in test ranking. They are going to have exit from the world Cup soon.

  • Vish... on March 15, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Half-way through the column you lost it, and start ranting about yourself...who the heck wants to know about you!? Loosing track halfway is a usual pattern in most of your columns. Hope you are open to constructive criticism, because most staff on cricinfo are almost narcissists basking in their self-assumed glory of cricket-knowledge!

  • Titus Judah on March 15, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Indian Cricket's Finest Hour... Glad someone remembered it... Brings back fond memories.

  • Anonymous on March 15, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    You quite knowingly forgot the name of the Indian captain on that day !!!

  • raghavendra on March 15, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    of course..I'm mot really surprised.. how can you all remember?.. its only Dravid and Laxman right.. not Sachin anyway.. you all can remember when Sachin sneezed, when Sachin coughed but not this day.. inspite of hosting a stats database.. i didn't even see it in "on this day" section today even though yesterday i saw about the partnership..

  • Sharath on March 15, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Dear Sambit Ofcourse the date is forgotten but not the feat. It can never be erased from the mind of a follower of Indian cricket. In sports, you dont keep harping on old glory and celebrate old victories but move on to achieve more and new heights. So, I feel the subject line is a bit out of place but the article brings the memory of that day to the top of my mind.

  • SK on March 15, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    "improbablest of wins". Surely the Editor himself cannot commit such grammatical atrocities. ("most improbable of wins")

  • Karthik on March 15, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    A memorable day it was ... but as usual Dravid's contribution is usually forgotten ...

  • Saurabh on March 15, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Truly our lives have come a long way since that red letter day in the history of Indian cricket...As a cocky 17 year old, I could only realise now the magnanimity of the moment, when i lookback at those distant but distinct memories. Lucky that i was to be present on the first and the last day of THE test match witnessing Bhajji take the first hattrick ever for an indian in test cricket and hugging total starngers including a policeman when sachin and bhajji weave their magic on the last day. Years from now, looking at a setting sun sitting on a rocking chair in the sunset of my life, I am sure i would cry when i would look at the ticket for THE match, which i have dutifuly preserved.

  • Raam Arjun on March 15, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Sweet memories..:)

  • vikram on March 15, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    I didn't forget it.... I posted videos of their innings everywhere... I called march 14th The Laxman-Dravid day.

  • Raghav on March 15, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Thanks Sambit for reminding us that great day and a fantabulous victory which every Indian cricket fan will never forget.

  • Noob on March 15, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Wow!!! World cup is going on and you talk about some indian partnership which happened years ago??

  • Murali on March 15, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Wow, a nostalgic article which reminded me of the roller coaster ride the whole country went through that match.. kudos to cricinfo for bringing it to the fore again :)

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  • Murali on March 15, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Wow, a nostalgic article which reminded me of the roller coaster ride the whole country went through that match.. kudos to cricinfo for bringing it to the fore again :)

  • Noob on March 15, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Wow!!! World cup is going on and you talk about some indian partnership which happened years ago??

  • Raghav on March 15, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Thanks Sambit for reminding us that great day and a fantabulous victory which every Indian cricket fan will never forget.

  • vikram on March 15, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    I didn't forget it.... I posted videos of their innings everywhere... I called march 14th The Laxman-Dravid day.

  • Raam Arjun on March 15, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Sweet memories..:)

  • Saurabh on March 15, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Truly our lives have come a long way since that red letter day in the history of Indian cricket...As a cocky 17 year old, I could only realise now the magnanimity of the moment, when i lookback at those distant but distinct memories. Lucky that i was to be present on the first and the last day of THE test match witnessing Bhajji take the first hattrick ever for an indian in test cricket and hugging total starngers including a policeman when sachin and bhajji weave their magic on the last day. Years from now, looking at a setting sun sitting on a rocking chair in the sunset of my life, I am sure i would cry when i would look at the ticket for THE match, which i have dutifuly preserved.

  • Karthik on March 15, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    A memorable day it was ... but as usual Dravid's contribution is usually forgotten ...

  • SK on March 15, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    "improbablest of wins". Surely the Editor himself cannot commit such grammatical atrocities. ("most improbable of wins")

  • Sharath on March 15, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Dear Sambit Ofcourse the date is forgotten but not the feat. It can never be erased from the mind of a follower of Indian cricket. In sports, you dont keep harping on old glory and celebrate old victories but move on to achieve more and new heights. So, I feel the subject line is a bit out of place but the article brings the memory of that day to the top of my mind.

  • raghavendra on March 15, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    of course..I'm mot really surprised.. how can you all remember?.. its only Dravid and Laxman right.. not Sachin anyway.. you all can remember when Sachin sneezed, when Sachin coughed but not this day.. inspite of hosting a stats database.. i didn't even see it in "on this day" section today even though yesterday i saw about the partnership..