Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has picked two of his favorite innings in front of a high-quality spin. One of these included the innings of VVS Laxman (281) in Kolkata in 2001.
You will remember the innings of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid on Eden Gardens. The pair snatched victory from Australia. Laxman and Dravid (180) were scored in this innings. The Indian team was following, but despite that, it stopped the victory chariot of Steve Waugh’s Kangaroo team.
Chappell wrote in his column on Cricinfo, ‘There is no cricket happening because of the Kovid-19 epidemic. In such a situation, I can consider that part of the game that I like a lot: the batsman using his steps against top class spin bowling. Two innings that come to my mind, one from India’s VVS Laxman and the other from Australia’s Doug Walters.
Laxman and Dravid shared a 376-run win to change the state of Indian cricket. The chapel had merged with Lakshman’s wrists. He said the way he batted in front of Shane Warne was amazing.
Chappell wrote, ‘Laxman’s brilliant 281 runs innings I would call the best innings played against spin bowling. After the series, I asked Shane Warne what he thought, how did he bowling.
“I don’t think I bowled so poorly,” said Warne. I said, “You didn’t do it at all.”
I told Warne, “If Laxman goes three steps ahead to put you on-drive against the spin and you throw the next ball higher and a little shorter and he cuts you backwards, it is not bad bowling, it is excellent footwork.”
Chappell said, ‘Laxman did this continuously for 452 balls. He hit 44 fours in his innings. The secret of the success of Laxman’s innings is hidden in this. He played the ball continuously with the ground.
Remembering Australia’s Walters, Chappell said, “Walters hit a century three times in a session. There is no complete record of this, but I think only Sir Don Bradman has done this more often. ‘
Chappell said, “Out of all the players I have seen, Walters was the most prolific batsman against bowling. He not only stood in front of the great spin bowling but also proved to be 21 on him at times. He fiercely played the clever off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna in 1969 in Madras (now Chennai). During this, he hit 14 fours and two sixes.