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It was 22nd June 1996 when Rahul Dravid faced his first ever Test delivery.
The venue was the Mecca of cricket – Lord’s. India were playing England and there were two Indian batsmen Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly who were making Test debuts for India in this very match.
Ganguly went on to smash a superb hundred to go into the history books while Dravid fell just short of a maiden Test ton by 5 runs.
Though, former India skipper scored a Test hundred at Lord’s and eventually scripted his name on the honour’s board but it took him 15 years to achieve that feat.
In a bit of random trivia, Dravid has faced most balls – 31258 & spent most time at the crease – 44152 minutes in the longest format.
Today in 1996, 20 yrs go, Rahul Dravid faced his 1st ball in Tests.
He has faced most balls 31258 & spent most time @ the crease 44152 mins
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 22 June 2016