First Test win one of the greatest achievements: Gavaskar

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 11:42 AM IST

New Delhi: Impressed with the way India team snatched a narrow one-wicket victory over Australia in the first cricket Test, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday said it is one of the greatest sporting achievements of the country.

"It has to be one of the greatest wins in Indian sports, not just in the Indian cricket. It is by far India`s narrowest win in the Test cricket," Gavaskar said.

VVS Laxman battled severe back-pain to single-handedly take India to a memorable and miraculous one-wicket victory over Australia with a gritty unbeaten 73 at Mohali yesterday.

Gavaskar was all prise for the crucial 81-run partnership between Laxman and Ishant Sharma, which helped the hosts to inch closer to the 216-run victory target.

"The way it was achieved, when most of the major batsmen were out and eight wickets were down and India needed about 80-90 runs still to win... the way that partnership took place and took India close, I think it is got to be the greatest win and among the greatest achievements in Indian sports," Gavaskar told a TV channel.

Yesterday`s win sent the hosts one-up in the two-match series.

PTI