When Saurav Ganguly finally made his test debut at Lord’s against England in 1996 after travelling with team for the last four years, even Saurav Ganguly would not have imagined in his dreams about such a dream debut.
When Ganguly scored the century, he became only the third cricketer to achieve this feat at the ‘Mecca of Cricket’ after Harry Graham and John Hampshire. The feat was repeated by Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior, but Ganguly’s innings of 131 runs remains the highest for any batsmen on debut in Lords.
It was a brilliant innings as Ganguly showcased his magnificent offside play for which he was later called as ‘the God of offside’. The southpaw from Bengal followed this innings with another century in the next text match at Trent Bridge and scored 136, along with it securing his sport in the Indian Cricket team.
Ganguly, called affectionately by colleagues and fan alike, is now recognised as someone who’s a good speaker and not shy at all. But this video where he talks about his maiden ton reflects otherwise.