VVS Laxman 281
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Match: 2nd Test, Border-Gavaskar Series, 2001
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Match result: India won by 171 runs
Widely regarded as the most inspiring knock in Indian cricket history, VVS Laxman’s 281 in the Kolkata Test not only scripted a humiliating loss for the Aussies, but also put an end to their unbeaten streak of 15 consecutive wins. Following-on with a deficit of 274 runs the in-form VVS was promoted up the order to replace a woefully out-of-touch Rahul Dravid at no. 3. What followed next was a game-turning partnership that put an end to Australia’s dominance. Laxman crafted a patient 281, adding 376 runs with Dravid (180) as India posted a target of 384 to win in little over two sessions on the last day. Laxman’s knock, his personal best in Tests, virtually consigned the Kangaroos to defeat and the hosts leveled the series with an emphatic 171-run victory.