Not Eden Gardens 281, VVS Laxman says 167 in Sydney changed his life

first_imgVVS Laxman said the historic 281 in the second Test of a three-match series against Australia in 2001 did not come as a surprise to him because he had scored heavily in domestic cricket in the years before.Speaking at India Today Conclave South 2018, Laxman said despite popular perception the iconic 281 did not change his life the way a hundred in Australia did in 2000.In January of 2000, India were trailing Australia 0-2 before going to Sydney. Laxman was still a young man with a bright future for India but he was yet to score his first Test hundred. He had come close against Australia at the Eden Gardens in 1998 but fell five runs short.CLICK HERE FOR FULL COVERAGE OF INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE SOUTHIt all changed at the Sydney Cricket Ground where he conjured up a magical 167 against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming, Brett Lee and Shane Warne. India still lost by an innings and 114 runs but Laxman said the hundred was a career-defining knock and he did not look back again.”Strangely, it (the 281 at Eden Gardens) did not change my life – the 167 against Australia (at SCG) did. That was my first Test hundred. I had always doubted my abilities before I got my first hundred. The manner in which I got my hundred against a top quality bowling attack in conditions favourable to them…. My approach changed after that game.”I had a wonderful run in domestic cricket. 281 was not a surprise for me. 167 was the turning point for me in my career,” Laxman said.advertisementVVS Laxman, who had opened the innings with current chairman of selectors MSK Prasad in the Sydney Test of 2000, scored 7 in the first innings. Glenn McGrath picked up a five-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 150. Australia responded with 552 for 5 declared thanks to Justin Langer’s 223 and Ricky Ponting’s unbeaten 141.In their second innings, India were reeling at 33 for 3 when Sourav Ganguly joined VVS Laxman in the middle. A partnership developed between the two – albeit only 68 runs, the fourth wicket stand was the only sign of resilience from the Indians in the Test. Ganguly was dismissed for 25 but Laxman single-handedly sent the Australians on a leather hunt with a majestic 167 off 198 balls.A little over a year later, Laxman played the most famous Test innings by an Indian – with their backs against the wall, Laxman scored 281 while Rahul Dravid made 180. Harbhajan Singh picked 7 wickets in the first innings and 6 wickets in the second as India ended Australia’s record run of Test wins with a 171-run triumph.Also Read | Wanted Anil Kumble to continue as coach, his exit left a bitter taste: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | I have no problem with Virat Kohli’s aggression in Australia: VVS LaxmanAlso See:last_img

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