India's 4th innings heroes
VVS Laxman's knock of 103 against Sri Lanka in the third Test match in Colombo on Saturday made him just the fourth Indian batsman to have scored a century in the fourth innings for a winning cause.
Although India has pulled off quite a few remarkable Test wins, but the one's while chasing in the fourth innings of a Test match are always special as it involves a lot of grit, determination and technique on the part of the batsmen.<br><br> VVS Laxman's knock of 103 against Sri Lanka in the third Test match in Colombo on Saturday made him just the fourth Indian batsman to have scored a century in the fourth innings for a winning cause.<br><br> CricketNDTV takes a look at the top five fourth innings Test knocks by Indian batsmen that enabled their team to win.
<b>Gundappa Viswanath 112 vs West Indies 1976</b><br><br> Gundappa Viswanath's flair is remembered by every Indian cricket fan from the 70s and this was a special innings from 'Vishy'.<br><br> This innings though had more to do with grit and fighting spirit than his usual flamboyance.<br><br> Viswanath's knock was instrumental in helping India chase down a mammoth total and this for the longest time remained the highest fourth innings successful chase by any team in Test cricket.<br><br> The victory allowed India to level the series at 1-1 but they eventually lost the last Test.
<b>Sachin Tendulkar 103 not out vs England 2008</b><br><br> It was vintage Tendulkar on show as the 'master blaster' stood his ground till the end and made sure that India clinched a tough victory.<br><br> With England having taken a first innings lead and then scored more than 300 runs in their second innings, India needed a strong performance from it's famed batting line-up to stop the visitors from taking the lead in the 2-match Test series.<br><br> Although the openers gave India a good start, it was Sachin's unbeaten knock that eased the nerves and allowed India to complete a comprehensive chase.<br><br> India drew the next Test match and won the series 1-0.
<b>VVS Laxman 103 not out vs Sri Lanka 2010</b><br><br> VVS Laxman brought up his 16th Test ton in style as he stayed till the end to guide India to a series levelling win over the Lankans.<br><br> Coming into the series as the No 1 Test team in ICC rankings, India were left worried about their status at the top of the pile as they lost the first Test match to Muralitharan's magic and then had to fight hard to eke out a draw in the second Test.<br><br> After both teams cancelled each other out with similar first innings totals, Indian bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to a total of 267 in the second innings that gave their batsmen a target of 257 runs which didn't seems a tough task until India lost crucial wickets on the fourth evening.<br><br> But VVS Laxman along with Sachin Tendulkar steadied the ship on Day 5 and even though Sachin departed, Laxman continued his essay and remained unbeaten till the end to not only level the series for India but also help his side remain at the top of the Test pile.
<b>Sunil Gavaskar 102 vs West Indies 1976</b><br><br> India's original 'Little Master' is the man who's tenacity and technique is held in great esteem by the entire cricketing fraternity due to his ability to get the better of the 'tear-away' West Indian pacers at their backyard.<br><br> And Sunil Manohar Gavaskar was at his best when he gave his team the perfect start by scoring a century in the mammoth chase of Port of Spain.<br><br> Gavaskar's innings was the launch pad that India needed to eventually chase down the target of 402.<br><br> Gavaskar till date remains the batsman with the highest number of Test runs against West Indies. His final tally was 2749 runs in 48 innings with 13 centuries and 7 half-centuries against the 'Calypso Charmers'.
<b>Sourav Ganguly 98 not out vs Sri Lanka 2001</b><br><br> The then Indian skipper played a gutsy knock to ensure that his team levelled the 3-match series 1-1 after losing the first Test.<br><br> Coming in at the number 4 position in the absence of both Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, Ganguly along with Rahul Dravid orchestrated a great rearguard and remained unbeaten till the end to see his team reach home.<br><br> Although India lost the last Test and the series, this can be regarded as one of the finest knocks played by the southpaw under immense pressure to deliver.