In the sixth part of the series, we look at the 2001 'Very Very Special' Kolkata Test.
Kolkata 2001: Coming into this match – the second of the three Test series – Australia had notched up a record 16 wins on the trot the latest being wrapping up the first Test at Mumbai in three days by ten wickets. And early on the morning of the third day nothing it seemed would stop them from registering victory No 17.
Batting first Australia had things going their way. First openers Matthew Hayden and Michael Slater put on 103 runs and this was followed by Justin Langer’s stroke filled 58. Skipper Steve Waugh then staged a revival after a hat trick by Harbhajan Singh – the first by an Indian in Tests – brought India back into the game with the Aussies sliding to 269 for eight.
With the help of No 10 and No 11 Jason Gillespie and Glenn McGrath Waugh lifted the final total to 445 helping himself to a gallant 110 in the process. The bowlers then took over and India were all out for 171 withRead More »from Best of India-Australia Test series – Part 6