The Indian legendary cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly made Headingley their own on the second day of India’s third Test against England on August 23, 2002. Sachin, Dravid, and Ganguly scored tons whiled helped the visitors register score a mammoth 628/8 after batting for more than two days. India went on to win the match by an innings and 46 runs.
Rahul Dravid put up a huge partnership of 170 runs for the third wicket off 414 balls as the pair almost batted throughout Day 1. The former ended Day 1 on 110 with Tendulkar on 18 at the end of the first day. Dravid was dismissed in the 114th over on Day 2 to Ashley Giles, his innings ending on 148 off 307 balls.
Rahul Dravid had put up 150 for the third wicket with Sachin Tendulkar. However, it was only going to get worse for England as Tendulkar and Ganguly ended up scoring more runs than the previous two partnerships, putting up 270 for the fourth wicket. Ganguly scored 128 off just 167 balls, with the help of 14 fours and three sixes.
The partnership was finally broken by Alex Tudor, who dismissed the then Indian skipper. Meanwhile, Sachin seemed set to reach a double century but was denied just seven runs away from the mark by Andrew Caddick. Ganguly went on to declare the innings six overs later.
In the first innings, the hosts were eventually got bundled out for 273 in their first innings, with Kumble and Harbhajan Singh taking three wickets each and the visitors enforced the follow-on. Captain Nasser Hussain played a brilliant knock of 110 in the second innings but it wasn’t enough as England were all out for 309.
The win helped India level the series 1-1, having lost the first Test by a huge margin of 170 runs. The second Test was a draw, as was the fourth and both teams shared honors at the end of the series.
India, now under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, returns to Headingley after almost two decades for their third Test against England that starts on August 25. India has been dominant so far in the series, missing out on a win in the first Test as the rain played the spoilsport on Day 5 and then beating England by 151 runs in the second Test at Lord’s.