Batsmen scoring three-figure mark during their Test debut is something most cricketers only dream of. While there are quite many instances of batsmen mustering a century in their first-ever Test, some of the greatest have missed out on the same. Breaching the three-figure mark in the first Test sets their careers up for further progress down the line.
As far as India is concerned, a total of 15 players have managed a hundred in their inaugural Test appearance. Lala Amarnath was the first batsman to do so in 1933 against England at the Gymkhana Ground in Mumbai. Prithvi Shaw is the latest batsman to achieve the feat, having done it in 2018 against the West Indies in Rajkot.
We take a glance at five highest scores by Indian batsmen on Test debut:
Sourav Ganguly – 131
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly stands fifth on the list, having played his first of 111 Tests in 1996. He was the finest left-handed batsmen during his playing days. The Prince of Kolkata couldn’t have picked a better venue to make his debut and score a century. In reply to England’s first innings of 344 at the Lord’s, the tourists found themselves under pressure at 59-2.
Ganguly batted at number three and crunched a mindblowing hundred. He was the sixth wicket to fall, having been dismissed by Alan Mullally for 131. Ganguly top-scored as India made 429 while another debutant in Rahul Dravid made 95. As far as a result goes, the game resulted in a draw.