Rahul Dravid picks the best innings ever played by an Indian cricketer

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Rahul Dravid

Indian cricket has had a legacy of producing wonderful batting talents. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli are some of the names who have ruled the game with their masterful batting. Over the years, there have been many innings played by Indian batsmen that have etched in the history of the game.

But there’s one inning that stands apart. Yes, we are talking about VVS Laxman’s historic 281 at the Eden Gardens. When Laxman was thrashing the Australians, Rahul Dravid had the best seat in the house. Dravid also feels that Laxman’s that knock was the best ever by an Indian.

It was the year of 2001 when the mighty Australians were touring India. They had won the first of the 3 Tests quite comfortably. India was languishing in the 2nd Test in Kolkata after being made to follow on. They were bowled out for 171 in reply to 445. The hosts were made to bat again and another defeat was on the cards.

But Laxman and Dravid refused to give up. They stitched together a partnership of 376 runs for the 5th wicket. Laxman scored 281 while Dravid made 180. The brilliant duo helped India to 657/7. Australia, chasing a target of 384, fell short by 171 runs. It was only the second time a team won a Test match after being made to follow on.

That was the definitely India’s greatest win in Test history. Consequently, India went on to win the 3rd and last Test in Chennai, thereby winning the series 2-1. Defeating the Australians in those days was nearly impossible. But Sourav Ganguly and his men did the unthinkable, especially due to Laxman and Dravid.

Had the best seat in the house at the Eden, reckons Dravid

VVS Laxman recently launched his autobiography “281 and beyond”. Rahul Dravid was present at the book launch event. He said that Laxman’s 281 was the best innings by an Indian and that he had the best seat in the house.

“Without a doubt, I think, the 281 was probably one of the most significant and greatest innings played by an Indian cricketer, in terms of the context, the consequence, the innings was played in. I really had the best seat in the house for the greatest Indian innings ever played,” said Dravid.

 

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