17 years ago on March 15, 2001, India pulled off a major heist against a dominating Australian team to end their longest winning run in Test cricket back then.India ended Australia’s streak of 16 straight wins and bounced back from a humiliating defeat in the first Test in Mumbai to script an incredible 171-run victory in Kolkata to level the three-match series 1-1. The victory under Sourav Ganguly, many would say changed the face of Indian cricket and gave it a new lease of life.Some days give us an opportunity to know ourselves better & realize what we are capable of.17 years ago was one such day,which reemphasized my belief that we should not give up and an opportunity to serve my country. Was not just me and Rahul,but Bhajji ,Sachin and the whole team pic.twitter.com/Z9Pivm2NSxVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 14, 2018The win at the Eden Gardens, was sweet because India were outplayed in the first Test in Mumbai. Australia elected to field after winning the toss and bowled out the home side for a paltry first-innings score of 176 at the Wankhede. In reply, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist struck hundreds to power Australia to 349. The Indian batting failed again and this time were bowled out for 219, with a lead of just 46.Australia chased down the target of 47 in just seven overs and won the match by 10 wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.Things looked just as bleak in the next Test at the Eden Gardens. Australia had piled up 445 and India were knocked out for 171 and following on, were tottering at 115/3 when Rahul Dravid joined VVS Laxman in the middle. The Eden crowd was shocked. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, the most established batsmen in the team, were gone and Australia were breathing fire.advertisementLaxman had shown class in his 21 Tests up until that point – few would have forgotten his 167 in Sydney. Dravid was considered to be extremely talented but India had yet to see the flair they would go on to produce for the next decade. Reuters PhotoMarch 14, 2001 was when they first saw what these two could do. With their backs against the wall, India roared back as Laxman and Dravid orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in Test cricket. They were 254/4 at stumps on day 3. When the duo resumed proceedings on the fourth day, Australia would have hoped to wrap things up quickly.Instead, Laxman and Dravid played two of the greatest innings ever to add 335 runs to virtually bat Australia out of the game and the series. Laxman went to stumps unbeaten on 275 while Dravid was unbeaten on 155.People expected Laxman to go on and become the first triple centurion for India but that was not be as he perished for 281 — a record that stayed till Virender Sehwag hammered 309 three years later in Multan. Dravid was out for 181 the next day but India had enough on the board to set a pulsating Test match.Australia were batting to save the Test and were off to a steady start on the last day. Hayden and Michael Slater had put on 74 before Harbhajan Singh removed him for 43. Justin Langer fell for a 21-ball 28 and Mark Waugh followed soon after. The Indians were smelling victory and the crowd were behind them. Harbhajan then went onto pick his first-ever Test hat-trick and finished with six more second innings wickets as a stunned Australia went down on the last day.