Sourav Ganguly made his Test debut four years after making his maiden international appearance as a lesson in history started to unfold. He made the most of his opportunity served on his plate after four years. Batting in the middle-order, Sourav Ganguly notched up a century against the Michael Atherton-led England at Lord’s, in a match that started on this day in 1996.
After England were put in to bat first, they managed to put up a total of 344 runs in the first innings. Later Ganguly, helped India to rebuild their innings, after losing openers Vikram Rathour and Nayan Mongia inside 60 runs.
Sourav Ganguly: Made my debut today, life’s best moment
Sourav Ganguly is reminiscent of his Test debut as he took to Twitter to share some of his memories. In the memories, Ganguly tweeted, “made my debut today….life’s best moment,” along with some pictures from the match and his photos of watching his own innings unfold on television sets.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) June 19, 2020
Ganguly scored 131 runs off 301 deliveries in that innings. His knock was laced with 20 boundaries to the fence. It helped India score 429 runs in the first innings which Ganguly also picking up three wickets in the match.
Nasser Hussain, who was a part of the match, also commented on the post from Ganguly and asked him, “No pictures of you bowling that week ..”
Meanwhile, Mohammad Kaif wrote, “Great moment, Dada. From a simple celebration on debut to not so simple one six years later at Lord’s balcony—these are special memories”.
Incidentally, after Dravid, Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar and Abhinav Mukund made their debut on this very day, in different years. Ganguly was the cap No.207 for India after Dravid.