I am starting this thread to talk about underrated/unknown gems of performances.
To start with :
Tendulkar's least-talked about masterpiece
West Indies Vs India
3rd Test Match
India batted first and scored 358 runs on a typical Indian track, thanks to small individual contributions throughout, although none of them scored a 50. West Indies responded to this in spectacular fashion scoring 497 with three of their batsmen scoring centuries. India facing a deficit of 139 runs, started poorly losing 2 wickets for just 11 runs when Tendulkar walked in. It became worse and India stared at defeat when the score read 87-4, still 42 runs behind. Laxman joined Tendulkar at this crucial juncture.
What followed was a chalk and cheese counter attack. Tendulkar was sublime yet aggressive, while Laxman played a watch-the-paint-dry innings. Both of them were involved in a partnership of 211 runs out of which Tendulkar accounted for a majority chunk. In fact, when Tendulkar was dismissed for 176 crucial runs, he had accounted for a whopping 58% of the then Indian total of 301, despite coming at 2 down. He also scored these runs at a good SR of 60 on a last day pitch. Laxman ensured that his good work did not go down the drains, and with the help of tailend batsmen, India salvaged a draw by scoring 471-8 wickets and thus ensured they won the series 2-0.
3rd Test: India v West Indies at Kolkata, Oct 30-Nov 3, 2002 | Cricket Scorecard | Cricinfo.com