5 instances when VVS Laxman proved to be India’s disaster management specialist
#2 India vs Australia, Mohali Test, 2010
Although nine years had passed since the Kolkata miracle, the ‘Laxman effect’ was still at its best. He continued to do what he is best at – drag India out of the mire during a crisis.
Unlike the Kolkata Test, Laxman’s job was not to pile up the runs. He had a task to stick around as he watched wickets fall at the other end at regular intervals. It was a perfectly scripted game for the Aussies. India had ended day 4 at 55 for 4 and they still needed 161 runs for a victory.
The Australian pacers started afresh on the final day and India lost another four wickets for 48 runs. First Ishant Sharma shared a partnership of 81 runs with Laxman for the ninth wicket before Pragyan Ojha and Laxman completed one of the greatest comebacks in cricket.
The duo added the required 11 runs and helped India win the match by one wicket.