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3 Iconic Test innings overseas by an Indian captain

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#2 Sourav Ganguly (144 at Brisbane)

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Virtuoso Performance by "Dada"

In 2003, the Australian Cricket team were a juggernaut after winning the World Cup. Speaking of which, it would've been a notable accomplishment to have won on Australian soil at the time.

Back in '03, the Indian Team were supposedly the underdogs, especially given that the general consensus at the time was that the Indian side was relatively weak in psychological play and sledging on the field.

Regardless, the firm belief of Sourav Ganguly in the first innings made Australia desperately force the match to a draw. Australia were 323 all out and in reply came a quick 144 runs from 196 balls from Dada.

Ganguly's intentions were quite clear to the Australians as India were 409 strong and also gained a lead of 86 runs. The Australian team quickly started to save the match with a slow run-rate and giving a minimum amount of time for India to retaliate.

Additionally, bad weather played a crucial role in saving the match for the Australians. The mettle of Ganguly can be derived from the fact that he scored despite the failure of the top order batsmen. Only VVS Laxman shared the onus with the captain with supportive 75 and 23 not out in second innings. Saurav gave a virtuoso performance in demanding situation that too in a nonchalant manner.

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