On December 16 in 2003, Indian cricket pulled off the impossible.
India registered their first victory against Australia after 22 years and it was all owing to the heroics of “The Wall” Rahul Dravid. He produced one of the finest knocks hit abroad by an Indian batsmen.
After Australia posted a mammoth first innings total of 556, India were struggling at 85/4 in response. In came VVS Laxman and along with Dravid, the duo stitched together a 303-run partnership taking India to 388/5 before Laxman fell for 148. Dravid carried on before falling for 233 off 446 balls. He took India to 523, 33 runs short of the Australian first innings total.
Such was the impact of his innings that Australia were bowled out for 196 in the second with Ajit Agarkar taking 6/41. Set a target of 233, Dravid’s knock of 72 not out powered India to a famous win. They eventually drew the series 1-1.
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