VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid will always be regarded as two of the greatest Test cricketers to have graced the game. The duo has given their fans plenty of memories throughout their careers while representing Team India.
One such event came during the 2001 Eden Gardens Test when Laxman and Dravid paired up to script a brilliant comeback for India with their 376 runs fifth-wicket stand in the second innings against Australia during the second Test.
Laxman scored his best-ever 281 runs while Dravid contributed 180 crucial runs to lift India from 254/4 to 589/4 after following on. The partnership also helped India register victory by 171 runs.
However, the Indian coach at that time, John Wright decided not to get too carried away and removed complacency from the team.
VVS Laxman Reveals John Wright’s Words Post Kolkata Win
In an interaction with Firstpost, Laxman shared the incident and stated, “It was very clear that the whole country was talking about Kolkata, but as a team, it was important that we didn’t get carried away. At the team meeting, John lauded our Kolkata heroics, with a caveat, ‘That Test will go down in history as an epic, but our aim is to win the series. Let’s not dwell on Kolkata, this is a fresh game and we need to start afresh.”
“People will remind you about that Test, but you have to forget about it now. Australia will come hard at us, we need to stay strong and aggressive’. Whatever complacency might have lingered quickly disappeared,” pointed out the former cricketer.
VVS Laxman And Rahul Dravid Received Special Care After That Test
Laxman said, “John (Wright, the coach) made it a point that Rahul and myself were well looked after by the then, physio Andrew (Leipus). We had massages, we went to the spa, Rahul and I were even thrown in to the Jacuzzi at the Taj. Both nights before the Test, I’d go over to Andrew’s room for treatment to the back.”
“I was a big fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and we would watch it on TV even as he worked on my back. Andrew’s biggest concern was that the pain in my back should not radiate down to my legs. He was very clear that should that happen, there was no way I was going to play the Test,” concluded the cricketer-turned-commentator.
The next edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be held later this year, when Virat Kohli-led India tour Australia Down Under.