5 best Test centuries at Lord's by Indian batsmen
#2 India tour of England 1996- The 'Dada' of Indian cricket announces his arrival
Sourav Ganguly was a legendary batsman and a trailblazer who led the team in his unique way. Ganguly was a naturally attacking player and loved taking challenges head-on. He is popular as 'Dada' or 'Prince of Kolkata' among the fans.
Ganguly took on as a captain of the Indian team at a stormy time when the match-fixing scandal shook the Indian cricket. He turned the team into a force to be reckoned with, both at home and overseas. As a batsman, Ganguly scored over 7000 Test runs with 17 centuries against his name and over 11000 runs in ODIs with 22 centuries.
His opening partnership with Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs went on to become one of the strongest opening pairs in world cricket.
Sourav Ganguly had a dream debut. He became only the third player in the world to score a century on debut at Lord's. His score of 131 in his very first innings still remains the highest score on debut at Lord's.
Lord's Test, 1996: England scored a more than respectable total of 344 in their first innings. With two debutants in the Indian middle order, England was in a buoyant mood hoping to run through the Indian batting lineup.
Unfortunately for them though, the two debutants contributed handsomely with the bat. They went on become the superstars of Indian cricket. Ganguly scored a magical 131 and Dravid missed the century by a whisker. He was dismissed after an awe-inspiring knock of 95. This propelled India's total to 429 in the first innings.
The match ended in a draw. Ganguly followed it up with another big ton in the very next match proving the world that he was not a one time wonder.