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On 20 June 1996, Sourav Chandidas Ganguly and Rahul Sharad Dravid made their Test debuts for the Indian team at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s. A couple of days later, Ganguly would go on to make a Test hundred in his maiden Test innings. The left-hander was able to get himself on the honors board. Ganguly, who is now serving as the BCCI president, recalled the day and called it his life’s best moment.
It is always a dream for any player to make his Test debut for the Indian team. That dream was fulfilled 24 years ago for the former Indian skipper. In fact, as Ganguly scored a fine century on his debut, it added a perfect cherry on the top of the cake.
Sourav Ganguly was at his best on debut
The stylish southpaw batted at number three and scored 131 runs off 301 balls with the help of 20 fours. There was class in Ganguly’s innings as he batted with aplomb in the English conditions. The left-hander was able to find the gaps with perfection and he added 94 runs with Rahul Dravid.
However, Dravid could not get to the magical figure as he fell five runs short of his hundred. However, India got two solid batsmen on 20 June 1996 as both Ganguly and Dravid would go on to serve Indian cricket for a long time.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly had a decent career as a Test batsman. The left-hander from Bengal scored 7212 runs in 113 Test matches at an average of 42.17. The flamboyant batsman scored 16 Test centuries and 35 fifties in his long career for the Indian team.
On the other hand, Ganguly also led the team with aplomb. He was the captain of the side which defeated the Australian juggernauts in the famous 2001 Test series. Furthermore, Ganguly was able to get the best out of his players and gave confidence to players like Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan, who all went on to have great careers for the national team.
Here is Sourav Ganguly’s tweet:
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) June 19, 2020