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India's Greatest Test Win - Only The Third Time in Test Cricket History That A Team Won After Following On

India became only the third team in Test cricket history to register a win after being asked to follow on when they beat Australia by 171 runs in the second Test at the Eden Gardens in 2001.

India's Greatest Test Win - Only The Third Time in Test Cricket History That A Team Won After Following On

India came back against all odds and adversity, defied history and a great bowling attack and beat Australia by 171 runs in the second Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001. The win is widely considered as India’s greatest victory in Test cricket and one of the finest for any team in the history of the sport. It inspired the home team to go on and record a stunning series win over a world beating Australian side led by Steve Waugh.

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We look at a few interesting numbers from the contest.

3: Number of Times A Team Has Won A Match After Following On

India became only the third team in Test cricket history to register a win after being asked to follow on in the match. The home team were routed for 171 in response to Australia’s massive 445 in the first innings. Following on, India then amassed a colossal 657 for the loss of seven wickets before making a declaration. Harbhajan Singh picked 6 wickets in the second innings as the visitors were bowled out for 212 handing India victory by 171 runs – coincidentally the same number as their first innings total!

England had beaten Australia in Sydney in 1894 by 10 runs after being bowled out for 325 in the first innings and asked to follow on. In the famous Botham’s Ashes in 1981, England were routed for 174 in the first innings in reply to Australia’s 401 for 9 declared. Following on, England were reeling at 105 for 5 before Ian Botham walked out and smashed an unbeaten 149 off 148 deliveries. Australia, set 130, were decimated for 111 as Bob Willis returned with 8 wickets.

376: The Partnership Between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman Which Defined the Match and Series for India

Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman joined hands at 232 for 4 and stitched together a stunning match-changing and series-defining stand of 376 for the fifth-wicket in India’s second innings. It is the third-highest highest partnership for any wicket in India’s Test cricket history after Vinoo Mankad-Pankaj Roy put together 413 for the first wicket against New Zealand in Chennai in 1956 and Virender Sehwag-Rahul Dravid’s 410 against Pakistan in Lahore in 2006.

180: Rahul Dravid’s Score in the Second Innings For India

Rahul Dravid’s brilliant 180 in the second innings at Eden Gardens was the highest score by an Indian Number 6 batsman in Test cricket (at the time) overhauling the unbeaten 177 by Chandu Borde against Pakistan in Chennai in 1961. Rohit Sharma, on Test debut, had also blasted 177 against the West Indies at Eden Gardens in 2013.

281: The Highest Individual Score at the Eden Gardens

VVS Laxman’s very very special 281 is the highest individual score at the Eden Gardens. Only two other batsmen have hit a double hundred at the iconic venue – Rohan Kanhai of the West Indies smashed 256 in 1958 while Wasim Jaffer recorded 202 against Pakistan in 2007. Laxman occupied the crease for 631 minutes in the second innings. It is the 9th longest duration for an Indian batsman in a particular Test innings in history!

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1 & 2: Laxman and Dravid were highest and second-highest scorers for India in both the innings at The Eden Gardens

In an interesting coincidence Laxman and Dravid were the two top-scorers for India at the Eden Gardens in the first innings too. Laxman top-scored with 59 while Dravid registered 25. Little did the world know that was just the warm-up for things to come in the second innings!

4: India’s Total in the Third Innings is the Fourth-Highest Team Total in the Third Innings in Test cricket history.

India amassed 657 for the loss of 7 wickets in the third innings at the Eden Gardens. It is the fourth-highest team total in the third innings in Test cricket history after New Zealand’s 680 for 8 against India in Wellington in 2014, New Zealand’s 671 for 4 against Sri Lanka again in Wellington in 1991 and Pakistan’s 657 for 8 against the West Indies in Bridgetown in 1958.

13-196: Harbhajan Singh’s Bowling Figures at the Eden Gardens

Harbhajan Singh produced the best bowling figures of his Test career (in a match context) returning with 13-196 in Kolkata. It did not take him long to break his own record as in the very next match – the series-decider in Chennai – Harbhajan bagged 15-217 to bowl India to a famous victory. These remain his two best bowling performances in a match in his career. Imagine producing them in back to back Tests of the same series against one of the greatest Test teams in history!



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 New Zealand 3198 118
2 Australia 3028 116
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 South Africa 2499 96
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
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