Best recalled for his match-winning 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in 2001, former India batsman VVS Laxman Thursday revealed that he wasn’t fit enough to perform that Test against Australia. “281 (against Australia in 2001) was a significant accomplishment so far as I’m concerned because the scenario we were in (that Test match). And I also wasn’t fit enough to perform that Test match. Hemang Badani was there in the physio room when I walked into (former physio) Andrew Leipus, who really I feel because of him I managed to play with the Test match,” Laxman remembered at the Mumbai launching of his novel’281 and Beyond’, according to R Kaushik.
The Laxman-Dravid partnership that redefined Indian cricket
His knock and the record stand with Dravid, establish a stunning victory for India once they had been requested to follow-on by Steve Waugh.
On Thursday, the former India cricketer revealed a big secret relating to this knock in 2001.
VVS Laxman snatched victory from the jaws of defeat vs Australia
Dravid scored a 180 in the second innings after the hosts were awarded a follow-on by Australia. India eventually went on to win the Test match by 171 runs and after the series 2-1.
“In the first place, I was not going to the drama the Test game and Andrew made me fit to take the field. It was an excellent opportunity for myself to go and play my natural game.
“So that Test match was an important Test match because I didn’t make runs in the first Test match (in Mumbai) and as it turned out I played my normal game, played on the virtue of this ball, didn’t really think about what happened before or what is going to happen.
Former India players Dilip Vengsarkar and Sandeep Patil also showered praise on Laxman in presence of the galaxy of former international players like Ashish Nehra, Kiran More, Lalchand Rajput, and others.