Laxman’s Kolkata epic might be his most fabled, but by no means was it the only one
167 (vs Aus, Sydney 2000): Brett Lee bowled like the wind, while Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath were at their unplayable best, but the spotlight remained fixated on Laxman—his place under pressure—as he produced the first of his many exhilarating stroke exhibitions in Sydney.
148 (Aus, Adelaide 2003): This might have gone down as Rahul Dravid’s finest hour, but it was Laxman’s incisive batting that took India out of a hole—85/4 against Australia’s first innings total of 556—and pushed the hosts onto the backfoot. Laxman contributed 148 in a partnership of 303—a repeat of Kolkata—with Dravid, which eventually led to India’s first win on Australian soil in 30 years.
103* (SL, Colombo 2010) The series seemed Sri Lanka’s as India slipped to 62/4, chasing 257 on a crumbling P Sara Oval wicket. Laxman looked unruffled as ever though as he blazed away to a century, leading India to a comfortable victory and more importantly exorcising their fourth innings demons.
73* (Aus, Mohali 2010): The day Laxman lost his cool but not his nerve as he led India to a nerve-wracking one-wicket win over the Aussies. Chasing 216, India looked out of it at 124/8. But Laxman, batting on one leg, took India home single-handedly — adding 81 with Ishant Sharma — while also providing a rare display of his temper.
96 (SA, Durban 2010): The No.1 Test team’s fortunes hung in the balance as they slumped to 48/3 in their second innings, just 122 ahead and the Kingsmead wicket playing tricks aplenty. Despite wickets falling all around him, Laxman continued to be positive and sublime. He fell four runs short of a century.