That day in 2003: VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid put on 303 against Australia in Adelaide
Two and a half years after their Eden Gardens miracle, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid were there again - this time in Australia. In the second Test at the Adelaide Oval, India was reduced to 85 for 4, responding to Australia's 556 in their first innings. They had lost Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in quick succession.
Dravid (199 not out) and VVS Laxman (148) put on a 303-run partnership to put India right back in contention after they had slumped to 4 for 85 on day two.
This time the roles had reversed and now Rahul Dravid beat number 3 and VVS Laxman beat six. Dravid went the aggressive route when trying to regain momentum from Australia.
Laxman, on the other hand, defended himself stoically and then those magical wrists took care of the driving, cutting, and pulling. It was a spectacular display of the power, the elegance of the clubs on both ends.
By the end of the third day, that pair had added 95 runs. The next day they were back in the zone. In Calcutta, the pair added 376 runs in 104.1 overs and here they added 303 runs in 93.5. There was just a touch of extravagance as Laxman loosely skinned on the prank of tea on day 4.
When the pair got together, India was in an unfortunate position and now the team was 388-5. Even after Laxman left, Dravid kept piling up. When he was finally fired for 233, India posted 523.
Ajit Agarkar cut through the Australian batting order with a 6 wicket haul. Tendulkar interfered with the important wickets of Damien Martyn and Steve Waugh.
Dravid pursued a target of 230, re-launched the attack and went undefeated at 72 when India drove home by 4 wickets.