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Home Honours Board: Ganguly 1996
It's 16 years since Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid made their debuts together for India at Lord's - with Ganguly making a magnificent 131.
It would not have taken a master soothsayer to predict that the India pair who made their Test debut's at Lord's in 1996 would go on to forge successful international careers.
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were poles apart in their approach to batting, but, both aged 23 at the time, made an impression on the Lord's crowd that has lived long in the memory.
The left-hander from Calcutta was only the third debutant, and first overseas batsman since Australia's Harry Graham in 1893, to score a century at Lord's and had Dravid, who played silkily for his 95, joined him, it would have been the first instance in Test history of two debutants scoring centuries.
Wisden described Dravid as batting with the "soundness of temperament and technique essential for Test success." Maybe there was a soothsayer at the Home of Cricket. When Dravid retired from India duty earlier this year, 508 more appearances under his belt, he did so as the second most prolific batsman in international history. His wait to appear on the Honours Boards at Lord's was finally ended in 2011.
Ganguly was to become one of India's most successful captains and the man who laid the foundations for the game's most passionate cricketing nation reaching their potential in all formats of the game.
Dada and The Wall have also been widely involved with MCC since their first venture at Lord's back in 1996. Dravid is a member of the Club's World Cricket committee, and both players have committed to playing for the Club on numerous occasions, at Lord's and abroad.