Two great innings of our time
Jun 04, 2023
Perera's 153, Laxman's 281 or Stokes' 135 - which is the best Test batting performance of all time?
Laxman's 281 is legendary. He beat the team that had won 16 matches in a row. His pesky defiance was so exhausting for the Aussies that they ended up losing their next match and thus the series. There's only one thing that could have made Laxman's innings even greater: he played it in Australia.
Laxman in 2001 accumulated in a responsible manner but Stokes in 2019 was pure madness. He wasn't interested in a draw. He was hitting sixes! Winning the ODI World Cup wasn't enough. Stokes had to write his name in the Test record books as well. The mighty Aussies were, again, the losers.
Laxman beats Stokes in the historical context. However, nothing tops the entertainment value of Stokes crushing the spirits of Aussie bowlers on that sunny day. Nathan Lyon wishes he could forget that not out.