This amazing moment between the two legends of Indian Cricket displayed in one of the most memorable Test matches in the history of cricket. That Test match at the Eden Gardens in 2001 against the Aussies, no India cricket fan could ever afford to forget. This was India’s greatest Test victory of all time and actually the turning point of Indian cricket.
In the 5th Day of the epic Test match, India set Australia a target of 384 and then started to put pressure on the opposition batting. It was the deadly pair – Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden at the crease after India went through half of their batting line-up.
Skipper Sourav Ganguly then decided to give a chance to the part-timer, Sachin Tendulkar who bowls leg-break but told him to deliver just one over. Sachin accepted the challenge and picked up the wicket of the very first ball to knock Adam Gilchrist out for a king pair.
Ganguly then continued with Sachin for few more overs and the master did not disappoint his skipper. He then snatched the defiant Matthew Hayden for 67 and Shane Warne for a duck. His figures read as 11-3-31-3.
India who were put to follow-on after trailing Australia’s 445 by 274 runs, broke the shackles and went on to score a mammoth 657-7 after Laxman and Dravid’s gigantic 376-run partnership. Bowling out Australia for 212 in the 5th Day, India won the extraordinary Test match by 171 runs.