India win the Adelaide Test

“Rahul [Dravid] batted like god,” said the then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, after India’s famous Adelaide Test win. Truly, it couldn’t have been summed up better. It was on this very day, 11 years back, when Dravid drove through the covers to score the winning runs as India stumbled over the line to register one of their greatest Test wins. Dravid isn’t usually seen celebrating like the way he did. He pumped up his fist and let out a cry, why not it was his herculean effort that helped India win a Test and go up 1-0 in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Chasing a fourth innings total of 230, Dravid backed up his first innings marathon 233, with another unbeaten 72, and fittingly scored the winning runs. In what was one of the greatest Tests India ever played, Australia had put up 556 in the first innings, thanks to Ricky Ponting’s 242. India were struggling at 85 for four, and it seemed that another away Test loss was within the sights. But it was Dravid and VVS Laxman, who stood firm to haunt the Australians again, bringing back the memories of Kolkata in 2001. The duo added 303 for the fifth wicket, with Dravid scoring the double ton this time and Laxman getting a fluent 148. India put on 523.

Australia were bowled out for 196 in their second innings and their chief demolisher was the ‘Bombay Duck’. Unfortunately Mumbai pacer Ajit Agarkar’s previous encounters against Australia were solely remembered for his remarkable run of seven ducks on the trot, as a result he was informally conferred with the humiliating title by Australians.

But what a way to get back! Agarkar’s six for 41, ensured that India would finally win a Test in Australia after 1981, when Kapil Dev bowled that dream spell in Melbourne.