Laxman's Kolkata epic voted best Test performance

The famous 2001 Test innings leads the list of 50 greatest performances in the last half-century

VVS Laxman starred in one of the greatest Tests ever played

VVS Laxman starred in one of the greatest Tests ever played © AFP

VVS Laxman's batting feat against Australia in Kolkata in 2001 has been voted the greatest Test performance of the last 50 years by a 25-member panel of cricketers, writers, broadcasters, historians and statisticians assembled by the Cricket Monthly.

Laxman scored 59 and 281 in a match where India trailed by 274 runs, in a series they trailed 0-1, against a team on a record winning streak and widely acknowledged as one of the best to have ever played the game. India went on to win the match and the series.

In his tribute to Laxman's performance, Shane Warne recalls: "I was bowling in the foot marks and Laxman was hitting the same ball through cover or whipping it through midwicket. It was so hard to bowl then."

Ricky Ponting remembers that Laxman's "work through the leg side in particular was a source of wonderment to many of us... Ultimately we bowled for near enough to two days at him without even looking like getting him out."

Zaheer Khan, his room-mate during the series, recalls how Laxman slept on the floor through the match because of a bad back. "Everyone could see that he could not stand straight."

The Cricket Monthly's "50 from 50" exercise looks at batting, bowling and all-round performances in Tests played between 1966 and 2015.

Brian Lara has four entries the list of 50, the most by any player. One of those, the nerveless 153 not out versus Australia in Bridgetown in 1999, has been voted No. 4. Ian Botham, with three entries in the 50, has two in the top five: the dazzling all-round shows in the Headingley Ashes Test of 1981 (No. 2) and the Golden Jubilee Test in Bombay the previous year (No. 5).

Brian Lara features four times in the list, the most by any one player

Brian Lara features four times in the list, the most by any one player © Getty Images

Michael Holding's 14 wickets with supreme pace on a batting track at The Oval in 1976 is at No. 3, and performances by Richard Hadlee, Bob Massie, Muttiah Muralitharan, Graham Gooch and Garry Sobers round out the top 10.

West Indian players have as many as 14 entries in the 50, the highest by any team. These include the two earliest performances on the list: Sobers at Lord's and Headingley from the 1966 series in England. The most recent performance is Kevin Pietersen's 186 in Mumbai in 2012.

The panel, drawn from all Test-playing nations, includes Greg Chappell, John Wright, Tony Cozier, Mark Nicholas, Sanjay Manjrekar, Mike Selvey, Ramiz Raja, Scyld Berry, Osman Samiuddin and Gideon Haigh.

The special issue of the Cricket Monthly, now online, has brief write-ups on all 50 entries, full features on the leading performances, a graphical breakdown of results, essays and much more.

The top 50: 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50



  • POSTED BY victoria on | July 27, 2017, 18:24 GMT

    To be fair, Lara's 153 not out would easily topple Laxman's 281 for 3 reasons: (i) Dravid also made 180 in the match (ii) Lara was not out meaning that he saw his team home - but Laxman got out before the declaration; which was an iffy situation (iii) then it was Harbhajan Singh who put in the real match winning performance by taking 6 wckts for 73. For those people who're asking why none of Tendulkar's performances has made it to the 50? It's juat simple that Tendulkar never used to perform when it counted for his team. Maybe, he might have had one or two performances that might have made the list, if he used to "try to WIN" by shielding the tailenders, instead of running to the next end to make sure that he comes "not out" to boost his career average. And, about one million of these panels have already met, in addition to individual statisticians, between 2001 and 20016 to come up with these lists. The mere fact that Sachin never made it means, "one million Frenchmen can't be wrong"!

  • POSTED BY randolf on | July 27, 2017, 17:03 GMT

    I noted earlier that I concour with the list of 50 arrived at by the panel. However, I also noted that for a performance to be included amongst the elite group of performances under consideration, it should be shown that no other team mate contributed significantly - it was that players performance that won the match almost "single handedly"! Hence, although I love VVS Laxman very much, one must remember Rahul Dravid's mammoth 180 in the same match - hence, Laxman's innings should not be at No.1. Because to put that at No.1, and discard Dravid's 180 is an outrage! Hence, based on my argument, Laxman's innings therefore might be somewhere in the 40s.

  • POSTED BY randolf on | July 27, 2017, 16:50 GMT

    I fully concur with the list of fifty performances arrived at by the panel. I too think that when an individual's performance is selected for consideration in such a scenario, that performance must show that it was a case where that individual won that match "single handedly" - with very little contribution from any other team mate. If another team mate contributes significantly, then that the accolade must be shared; hence, that performance may not be selected among the elite group.

  • POSTED BY Bilal on | January 5, 2016, 7:08 GMT

    How can a home ground effort be even comparable to what Hanif achieved from a follow on in West Indies?

  • POSTED BY Anup on | January 5, 2016, 6:48 GMT

    Rahul Dravid's 233 against Australia at Adelaide in 2003 after India were reduced to 85/4 should also be included in the list as it set up a rare Indian victory in Australia.

  • POSTED BY Dinesh on | January 5, 2016, 6:21 GMT

    Sanga 's 221 in Abu Dhabi in 1st Test http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/530424.html

    Sanga 's 144 in Sharjah in 3rd Test http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/530426.html

    was big contributions in that series, it should have been among top 50.

    Also his contributions in Test matches England series (1-0) and south Africa series where SL won match were stand out performances....

  • POSTED BY Michael on | January 5, 2016, 5:45 GMT

    I've read with interest the many queries as to the omission of greats such as Tendulkar, McGrath, the 2 Ws, Kallis etc from this list of 50 GREATEST performances over the last 50 years. We should bear in mind that the judges picked what they perceived as the top 50 and this in no way takes away anything from the omitted greats. Yes, Tendulkar's many outstanding knocks may have been superlative but they are not necessarily greater than the chosen ones on the list. Giants like Tendulkar, Kallis and McGrath were consistent throughout their career at being great, but it doesn't necessarily mean that any of their individual performances have an unquestioned right to be on the list. On the bright side, it just means that they have been able to churn out notable individual performances time and again without being able to eclipse the ones on the list. We could go on about this and that, but hey, it's just a list

  • POSTED BY Mradul on | January 5, 2016, 4:40 GMT

    I think some of the performance mentioned here are not that great to be included in Top 50 of last 50 years. I really wonder why was there nothing from Sachin, Wasim, Waqar, Kallis, Mcgrath, Sanga that's worth mentioning. Sachin's masterclasses, Wasim/Waqar's countless destruction of opposition, Macgrath's sheer mastry and Kallis and Sanga's great defiance definitely needs mention. Its hard to believe that none of the performances from these legends was good enough for top 50 while some just regular performances by others were given much more weightage. I think atleast Sanga's 192 against Aus and Sachin's 136 against Pak should be there for masterful defiance rather than just run accumulating for no reason by Lara's 375. Wasim and Waqar's omission is really surprising, most feared bowlers of their generation and no place for them?

  • POSTED BY Bunty on | January 5, 2016, 3:10 GMT

    This is a great collection of top class performances. However two which were equally mesmerizing both for the conditions, top-quality of opposing bowling attack ,sheer will of the performers were Sachin's knock of 150 odd in a spiteful Capetown .Notable in watching the highlights how the batsmen at the other end keeps changing while Sachin keeps playing those gorgeous drives and great defense. This was Sachin's last test hundred and what a gem it was. Also Viru's 290 against visiting Sri Lankans led by Murali on a bouncy and spinning Brabourne wicket. The aggressiveness and quality of the two knocks still remain fresh in the mind after all these years

  • POSTED BY sathis9817239 on | January 5, 2016, 1:56 GMT

    Could anyone tell me why sehwag's match winning 200* & 50 against SL on a vicious spinning track (@ Galle) was ignored? ...The innings came against Murali, Mendis & Vaas and the team total was 329. Most of the Indian batsmen failed to read Murali & Mendis throughout the series but Sehwag dominated them. I remember Sehwag ignored a single when he was batting on 199 to save the last batsmen from getting out. This was gem of an innings and deserved to be somewhere in the list.(top 10 maybe).. Please share your feedbacks.


  • POSTED BY Merv on | January 5, 2016, 1:18 GMT

    Not sure of the composition of the panel who did the voting on this, but Lara's innings of 277 against Australia in 1993 and Gary Sobers 254 were scored against class bowling and were better performances. Lara's was changeless and dominant. Gilchrist's 202 against SA was also a similarly sensational performance.

  • POSTED BY Michael on | January 5, 2016, 0:25 GMT

    Unbelievable that there is only 1 performance mentioned from the country which has dominated Test cricket for around 20 years which includes a bowler who many regard as the best there ever was

  • POSTED BY rob on | January 5, 2016, 0:06 GMT

    I've got no problems with the list. It seems fair enough to me. .. One thing I've noticed is that many of these great innings are against Australia. I'm going to take that as a back handed compliment. .. Another little point of interest was that we actually did the 16 in a row thing twice and once again it was the Indians who snapped the streak. I guess the Indians are entitled to take some pride in that.

  • POSTED BY Rob on | January 4, 2016, 23:32 GMT

    It's always going to create a bit of a controversy when you come up with lists like this - because these are subjective and will never satisfy everyone. Having said that, it is a bit surprising to not see performances from some of cricketing greats - notable exceptions to name a few are Wasim, Waqar, Tendulkar, Kallis, Ponting, Donald, McGrath. You could argue that the likes of Ponting, McGrath and Kallis, to an extent played in extremely strong teams in favourable conditions - mostly. But surely, the others on this list have produced at least one performance in the Top 50 in hostile conditions against a formidable opposition, no?

  • POSTED BY Priyaranjan on | January 4, 2016, 21:52 GMT

    looked more like impact in the entire match rather than just the innings that stood out. anyway, if any of Sachin Tendulkar's 119, 114, 169, 155 or 136 could not find its way to the list then it's either a scam or the mortals are over compensating to play down the impact these innings had. It doesn't mean anything anyway, real impact has been made permanently in the souls of cricket lovers. When some day they make a list of list makers' panels, this panel may not find place there

  • POSTED BY Sam on | January 4, 2016, 20:14 GMT

    Lara's 153 has to be the best.That Australia team under Steve Waugh was the top team with top players in batting and bowling and was practically the same team that played at Kolkata. West Indies was lagging in the lower tier of test playing nations and was over dependent on Lara. Remember West Indies entered that series after being crushed 5-0 by South Africa. Remember also Lara won the match with one wicket standing. Batting last and chasing over 300 runs was nothing less than breathless for anyone who saw or listened to that game. It was the most heartstopping game I ever watched knowing that the West Indies team was liable to collapse at any time. Laxman did play a stupendous innings in an Indian batting lineup that included Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly that was far superior to the West Indies batting lineup. Lara 153 was tops hands down.

  • POSTED BY GANESSIN on | January 4, 2016, 20:13 GMT

    The main factor about how much critical Laxman's 281 is, it defined how teams are enforcing follow-on nowadays. If we see how many times teams have enforced follow-on on the opponent even with 300+ lead. Majestic unbelievable play. Until now, no team is confident enough to enforce follow-on except some rare occasions. Probably one of the rare cases where team enforced follow-on could win the match. Something to do with Ganguly too. He showed the way with his never die attitude.

  • POSTED BY Santosh Kumar on | January 4, 2016, 19:59 GMT

    In my cricketing days, I've not seen a better innings than VVS's Eden one, (Lara's 153 only comes close, can't be better as some argues here) so can't really have any doubt on that part. But like thousands of others, I still wonder how cold Dravid's 180 from the same test doesn't feature in top 50. That innings holds equal value to me and certainly is better than many top 50 mentioned in the article. Though Lara's 151 and the double followed by another century in 2nd innings are indeed high quality batting, but his marathon 400 doesn't deserve #15 spot; neither does Sanath's triple on the dead flat wicket. AND of course a couple of masterful SRT's centuries (Chennai 131 vs Pak and 103 vs Eng) could have featured in between 30th to 50th. But then guys would have started complaining about how baised the jury is towards India and SRT. So though I'm lil disappointed, but I can say this with full authority that the #top50 list is not the most accurate in last 50 years.

  • POSTED BY Sunil on | January 4, 2016, 19:40 GMT

    For me, the reason why Tendulkar's knocks are missing, is that, his knocks came in saving or losing causes. In the 90s, he was carrying the side's batting, with no bowling to back him up unlike Lara's WI side. You only have to read the scorecards of the 1999-2000 tour Down Under (his signature series), to see this. His Boxing day innings of 126 & 52 at MCG against McGrath, Lee, Warne, and company in my view was one of the most technically correct knocks against bowlers at their peaks, with no contribution from others. So in such situations at 7 or 8 down, he would be forced to take risks to up the scoring to put up a respectable score. Even as recently as 2010-2011 in SA against Steyn and co, he top scored with 36 & 111*, with no one else going on to make a 100, in yet another losing cause. Same with his 136 against Pak at Chennai, 1999. When there was solid support from other batters, like Chennai 2008, where he top scored with 103* v Eng, it resulted in a win.

  • POSTED BY A on | January 4, 2016, 19:06 GMT

    highly over rated performances in top 10 and as expected, money made jury did not disappointed indian fans by putting any innings which could ranked in top 20 if we take only last 20 years cricket in consideration............ nevertheless money has different parameters.

    this great sport was killed by not choosing Botham Headingly feat as number 1 be it for last 50 or 100 years.

  • POSTED BY Avik Sarkar on | January 4, 2016, 19:00 GMT

    Sachin's 103 vs eng does not deserve....it was Sehwag who got mom for 67 ball 83 runs in the same innings

  • POSTED BY Nagesh on | January 4, 2016, 18:22 GMT

    Lara deserves his place in the list but so does sachin as he is atleast 5 times better than lara in the number of match winning or saving knocks

  • POSTED BY Nagesh on | January 4, 2016, 18:20 GMT

    Sachin is one of the greatest. No list can make him big or small either by including or excluding him

  • POSTED BY Santosh Kumar on | January 4, 2016, 17:21 GMT

    In my cricketing days, I've not seen a better innings than VVS's Eden one, (Lara's 153 only comes close, can't be better as some argues here) so can't really have any doubt on that part. But like thousands of others, I still wonder how cold Dravid's 180 from the same test doesn't feature in top 50. That innings holds equal value to me and certainly is better than many top 50 mentioned in the article. Though Lara's 151 and the double followed by another century in 2nd innings are indeed high quality batting, but his marathon 400 doesn't deserve #15 spot; neither does Sanath's triple on the dead flat wicket. AND of course a couple of masterful SRT's centuries (Chennai 131 vs Pak and 103 vs Eng) could have featured in between 30th to 50th. But then guys would have started complaining about how baised the jury is towards India and SRT. So though I'm lil disappointed, but I can say this with full authority that the #top50 list is not the most accurate in last 50 years.

  • POSTED BY ahmed on | January 4, 2016, 15:59 GMT

    laxman 281 changed the mindset of captains proved the world they are not unbeatable. stop the victory march and turned the series. that too against the greatest team ever played the game

  • POSTED BY Harry on | January 4, 2016, 15:32 GMT

    @JOHN_BNSA ON: These stats for individual innings not for player. We all knows Lara is better than Laxman but in that inning Laxman was flawless.

  • POSTED BY Harry on | January 4, 2016, 15:30 GMT

    Aus made 445 in first innings and India was out for 171, Laxman scored 51 in first innings (was out for controversial decision). India was follow on and then scored 657 and won by 171 (Same score which they were out in first innings) runs. Laxman was flawless. While Lara inning is great (that's why on number 4) but in this case, WI was chasing 311 while India was suffering follow on (274 excess) and then scored 657/7 and gave 383 to chase. Lara is no doubt great and will definitely will come above Laxman as a player but here we are talking about individual innings.

  • POSTED BY Suresh on | January 4, 2016, 15:27 GMT

    I certainly believe Lara's 153* was right up there. But the only reason I think why laxman's 281 was placed ahead was because Lara was a little lucky thanks to a couple of drop catches in his innings (taking nothing away from Lara's awesomeness)

  • POSTED BY Alex on | January 4, 2016, 14:56 GMT

    Best inning i watched is sehwag 195 in melbourne or 83 in chasing against england in chennai. Sachin never played match defining inning. VVS played one great inning. Dravid played many many. Lara probably best defensive batsman. When lara bats no bowler know how to get him out. Kinda javed mianded but twice better in ability piss off opposition

  • POSTED BY rahul on | January 4, 2016, 14:15 GMT

    I think one of the greatest non century Innings of all time Vishy's 97! Anybody missing that cannot be called as an expert!! Also there has to be at least one purely fielding performance which deserves inclusion in the list (Ekki's catches at Lords in 1971)

  • POSTED BY ESPN on | January 4, 2016, 13:30 GMT

    Laxman's is one of the best and greatest but can't see this better than Brian Lara's 153*..Lara chasing a 4th innings target of 308 with practically no help at the other end. Laxman had Rahul Dravid for company. Constructive comments welcome.

  • POSTED BY KISH on | January 4, 2016, 12:22 GMT

    @Lodhisingh, I totally agree with you about SRT's innings not featuring in the top 50. Because, as you said, Lara's 375 and 400 were in a dead rubber with no hope of result in the match. Only thing is, they both were the World records at that time.

  • POSTED BY Jaipal on | January 4, 2016, 12:21 GMT

    Not surprised by missing Sachin name in the list, because one can expect being Sanjay Manjrekar in the panel... common Sanjay, be honest... not in top 10 but deserve at least 2 to 3 innings in 11 to 50.

    could have included Ravi Shastri to the panel instead of biased Sanjay.

  • POSTED BY Jude on | January 4, 2016, 11:43 GMT

    Firstly, SRT's 136 was not accomplished on the awful pitch that some bloggers are saying it is. Protesters had dug up thethe pitch two days before ssso the curator took all the life out to present a suitable ground. The pitch was as dead as a doorknob. Secondly I don't know how VVS' innings, voted #7 by Wisden pipped Lara's 153* on a much more difficult wicket and voted #2. Makes absolutely no sense

  • POSTED BY s on | January 4, 2016, 11:27 GMT

    If Laxman's 281 is 1st, Rahul's 180 in the same innings should figure in the top 50 if not in the top 5

  • POSTED BY Roger on | January 4, 2016, 11:11 GMT

    A good list - and also good that not just the BIG scores have been recognised. Although I would have put Greenidge's match winning Oval innings at least 10 places higher.

  • POSTED BY Andrew on | January 4, 2016, 10:15 GMT

    It's hard to separate 1 and 2. Two completely different innings. One ground the opposition into the dust. The other a counter attack. To me the Headingly Test was the greatest comeback of all time, simply because, at one stage England needed 92 runs to make Australia bat again, with only 3 wickets left. All the top ten performances were amazing feats that won matches, which is why it doesn't surprise me that Tendulkar doesn't feature. It's not that he didn't contribute to a lot of wins. He just didn't do it as spectacularly. I am glad that Botham gets good recognition. He gets a lot of flack because of his controversial personality, but at his best, early in his career was easily the biggest match winner out of the big four all-rounders of the 70s and 80s.

  • POSTED BY Ash on | January 4, 2016, 9:58 GMT

    @ sandy_bangalore . You contradict yourself with your comments. 1. You aid Sachin is the technically correct batsman but then technically correct batsman's innings should feature mat least once in those 50 performances. 2. You said do not talk about 4th innings runs....wow!! .. it is the 4th innings that is difficult bat for your information and it is that 4th innings score by Laxman featured here as the best. Anyway, I remember your post here not long ago that only Rohit Sharma, Axar Patel, Mayank Aggarwal can play better cricket.

  • POSTED BY Aditya on | January 4, 2016, 9:51 GMT

    51 test hundreds and many 90s and the panel didnt find one innings worthwhile in the last 50 years? the 3rd innings 150 of 180 balls against aus in chennai 1998? the 2 hundreds in perth and sydney as a 17 year old? the 148 against aus in chennai 2001? the 240 not out and 60 not out in sydney in 2004? the 150 against dale steyn led SA in 2010-11? the 100 not out against england in chennai? the 220 and 50 not out against aus in 2009? any of the 4 100s in england? and the countless 100s he scored in AUS? not even the 145 against pak in 99? says something about the panel when lara's 375 and 400 on dead tracks and hopeless draws are more worthy and the 220 and 50+ in SL where windies lost hopelessly are worth listing? did I see any of viru's audacious 200s or the 319 against SA or the 290 against SL are not worth mentioning. man people are crazy. please publish.

  • POSTED BY Sheethal on | January 4, 2016, 9:47 GMT

    It's pretty weird to see Lara's 400 against Eng on one of the flattest pitch that no one has ever seen....How on earth SRT's 136 against Wasim, Waqar, & Saqlain @ chennai on a spitting cobra on the 5th day of a test match in spite of bad back, 103* against Jimmy,Flintoff,Harmison, Swann & Panesar @ chennai on 5th day @ chennai to chase down 387, a breath taking 100 as an "18" year old @ WACA against fairly good attack, an attacking 177 against Donald, Pollock, Macmillan, klusener in 96 didn't make the top 10/20 is beyond my understanding!! Fortunately for fans, this list is done with panelist of 25 people not the entire world..;-)

  • POSTED BY Sheethal on | January 4, 2016, 9:23 GMT

    If Lara's 400 against Eng on a "ROAD" & 600 runs scored in SL can figure in top 50, then definitely SRT's 136 against Wasim, Waqar, Saqlain & Musthaq on a spitting cobra on the 5th day of a test match @ chennai in spite of bad back, 103* against Jimmy,Flintoff,Harmison, Swann & Panesar @ chennai on 5th day @ chennai,a breath taking 100 as an "18" year old @ WACA against fairly good attack, an attacking 177 against Donald, Pollock, Macmillan, klusener in 96 should have featured in the list!!

  • POSTED BY Sandy on | January 4, 2016, 8:56 GMT

    Sachin tendulkar was technically correct and had a humongous appetite for runs. But despite his god given ability, never played those match winning innings expected from the best. That was what kapil dev alluded to last month..not utilising his special ability to the fullest. In one dayers..yes, but not in the more demanding test arena. Hence dravid n laxman figure here due to their mastery in wearing conditions. Probably the 100 at chennai in 08 could have been in the list, but in a career spanning 20 years, the odd innings really doesnt matter. Now please don't bring up the averages of 4th innings, since that means little! On pure class though, he and bradman remain closest to technical perfection.

  • POSTED BY john on | January 4, 2016, 8:55 GMT

    Give credit to Vvs, for that moment. What makes Lara's knock even more special is that he did it many times over unlike vvs who seems like a one hit wonder

  • POSTED BY Nagesh on | January 4, 2016, 8:55 GMT

    Well compiled. But there is mention of Sachin century against Australia in Perth (1991/92)against one of the best bowling!!! Sachin was in his early twenties.

    And 169, South Africa v India, Cape Town, 1997 as Alland Donald,Shaun Pollock etc

    Without Sachin's name the list doesn't make justice

  • POSTED BY Manesh on | January 4, 2016, 8:37 GMT

    Laxman's inngs was the best just because Australians were unbeatable at that moment. They were a team with all superstars and India already in a position not only to lose that match but the series itself. It was Laxman's inngs with the help of Dravid make history. Those two pairs proved again as successful on couple of other inngs too...Laxman still considered as Indias crisis manager who is active at 4th inngs.

  • POSTED BY Sunil on | January 4, 2016, 8:36 GMT

    This kind of list cannot be complete without including at least one of Tendulkar's tons. Four deserving knocks come to mind: (1) 119 n.o. v England in the last innings, at Manchester aged 18 that drew the test, (I think 1992), (2) 136 v Pak at Chennai, 1999 again in the final (4th) innings (Day 4) against Wasim, Waqar, and Saqlain - the conditions and bowling can't get any harder than that. He almost pulled off a draw here. (3) 37 and 103 n.o v England at Chennai (2008) chasing down 387, that actually won the Test. (4) 146 and 14 n.o at Cape Town v Steyn and company to draw the Test.

  • POSTED BY Avik Sarkar on | January 4, 2016, 8:17 GMT

    Not a single innings of Tendulkar....yes he was not a match winner only prolific scorer who did not have the audacity of Lara....

  • POSTED BY Krishna on | January 4, 2016, 8:11 GMT

    @JPIZEL Here are the reasons why Laxman's 281 was rated as the best.Australia were unbeatable world champs and were on a winning spree(16 consecutive tests world record),This was the second test among the 4 match series and the first test India lost by a huge margin(10 wickets),It was an all star Australian team with the likes of Slater,Hayden,Langer,Mark and Steve Waugh,Ponting and Gilchrist and bowlers like Warne,Mcgrath and Gillespie,and If you see the scorecard even this match was gone with India given a follow on(171 allout compared to 445 by Aus in first innings) and the partnership between laxman and Dravid lead to a spirited fightback in series victory ahead.Please see the scorecard and i noticed that Lara's 153* came after a spirited effort by WI bowlers to dismiss Aus for 146 in second innings.

  • POSTED BY Khanadaker Satil on | January 4, 2016, 7:53 GMT

    I am a cricket fan from Bangladesh. Watching and observing most of the major cricketing event since early 90s. I have watched some breathtaking innings that are missed in this article. Have serious reservation about the no. 1 innings. Intensity and quality wise Lara's 153 is an far better innings. Also, I just cant understand how Inzamam's single-handedly match saving and winning innings against Bd can be missed and again how can the innings of Justin Langer and Adam Gilcrist against pakistan (Hobart 1999) can be left out.

  • POSTED BY Khem on | January 4, 2016, 7:52 GMT

    No doubt, this is the greatest among all. I still remember India was 0-1 down is the series and following on in second test match. Laxman scored a not out 50 odd runs in first innings. So Sourav sent him at no. 3 because Rahul was awfully out of form. And this man did disappoint his captain and played the one of the greatest innings ever played in test cricket. On fifth day Harbhajan and Kumble bowled India to victory over mighty Australians and also stopped their 17 consecutive test wins. Laxman's this innings revived Indian batting and ultimately India won the series 2-1 even after loosing the 1t test. That's why it was more special as it revived team India and gave them the required confidence to beat Aus.

  • POSTED BY Shaikh on | January 4, 2016, 7:43 GMT

    I Think Saeed Anwar 188 * Not out second innings versus India Kolkata 99 was Best innings under pressure.

  • POSTED BY Venkat on | January 4, 2016, 7:39 GMT

    Laxman's 281 at Kolkata against a strong Australian attack , when India was following on , was indeed the master piece in the last 50 years . Lara did play a few great innings but Laxman's innings turned the whole series around and proved to the world that Australia can be beaten . The impact created by Laxman's innings was matchless and hence rightfully selected as the best in the last 50 years .

  • POSTED BY Jude on | January 4, 2016, 7:06 GMT

    I'm sorry but Laxman's innings could never beat Lara'153*.

  • POSTED BY john on | January 4, 2016, 6:59 GMT

    Laxman deserves credit, but what about Lara's 153 and 213