On 20 th June, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli made their Test debuts. These three Indian gems have become the greats of the game.
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid made their Test debuts together
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid made their Test debut together at iconic Lords Cricket Ground, Lords on 20 th June 1996. England scored 344 runs in the first innings. In reply to 345, Ganguly came at number 3 and played with positive intent putting pressure on England bowlers. It was an amazing inning knock by stylish left-handed batsman. He scored 131 off 301 balls with 20 fours.
On the other hand, Rahul Dravid also played some lovely shots which amazed the fans in England. He fell short of his century by just 5 runs. Both these players helped India post 429 runs. Despite their efforts, the match ended in a draw.
Ganguly and Rahul became greats of the game. Under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, India won historic Test series in Pakistan, drew Test series in England and Australia.
Sourav Ganguly played a total of 113 matches (188 innings) and scored a total of 7212 runs with an average of 42.17. He hit 16 centuries and 35 half-centuries to his name. His best score in Test matches was 239.
The right-handed Rahul Dravid played a total of 164 Test matches ( 286 innings) and scored 13288 runs at an average of 52.31. He scored 36 centuries and 63 half-centuries to his name. During his Test career, his best score was 270. Dravid used to come at number 3 and make the bowlers bowl to him due to his defensive technique.
Rahul Dravid is number 4 in most number of runs scored in Test matches. Both were a part of strong Indian team that won historic matches overseas.
Virat Kohli dons the whites jersey
Kohli made his Test debut on 20 th June 2011 against West Indies at Jamaica. He was dismissed for 4 and 15. In current generation, he is one of the best batsmen with lots of record. During his Test career so far, he has played 86 Test matches ( 145 innings) and scored 7240 runs.
Since becoming the full-fledged captain in Test cricket, Kohli has shown tremendous consistency. He has hit 22 centuries and 27 half-centuries to his name. His performance speaks that, the Indian captain scored 7 double centuries which is most by an Indian batsman in Test cricket.