Former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly had made his international debut in an ODI against West Indies in 1992, however, after failing to make a mark for himself in Brisbane, the Kolkata lad was soon forgotten, until he returned to the Indian squad for the England tour in 1996 and on his debut Test itself, he gave a better testimony to the world about his had missed in all those years.
Ganguly was named in the squad but due to a packed middle-order, he did not get a chance to bat in the first Test where India suffered a crushing defeat. However, the former India captain was handed his debut in the 2nd Test at Lord’s after England scored 344 in the first innings.
After losing openers early, Ganguly was promoted at No.3 and played ferociously to help India recover from the initial shock. He had hit a stroke-filled 131 in his maiden Test and shone with his elegance, announcing his arrival to international cricket. With his Test century on debut Test, Sourav also registered his name as the 10th batsman to score a hundred on Test debut and the first Indian to achieve the feat at Lord’s.
With Ganguly’s valiant century, India managed to draw the game but lost the series 0-1 to the hosts. Recalling his Test debut, Ganguly on Saturday tweeted a collage of pictures from that match and wrote that it was the best day of his life.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) June 19, 2020
The current BCCI husband has time and again stated that his the century he scored on his Test debut at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in 1996 was the best innings of his illustrious career.
During a chat with India Today, Ganguly said, “Lord’s in 1996, the mindset was unbelievable. I had no fear, just went and played. I remember going to Bristol for the first warm-up game and I got a duck in the first innings. Second innings I got a 70-odd not out. As I went into the series I got better and better.”