The Test was also Sourav Ganguly’s first Test as Indian captain © AFP
The Test was also Sourav Ganguly’s first Test as Indian captain © AFP

It was a historic moment for Bangladesh cricket. Having played their first ever-international match in March 1986, a One-Day International (ODI), this was their time for the big leap. Having gained the Test status, on November 10, 2000, they played their first ever Test. They have 93 Tests since.

The Test was also Sourav Ganguly’s first Test as Indian captain and along with the 11 Bangladeshi players, Shiv Sunder Das, Saba Karim and Zaheer Khan made their Test debuts. At the Bangabandhu Stadium, a charged up Bangladesh took on the young Indian side. Bangladesh really tested Indians for most of the match and many a times even gained an upper hand.

Electing to bat, Bangladesh put on 400 on the board and Aminul Islam scored a patient 145. India struggling at 236 for 6 at one point went on to gain a 29-run lead, thanks to a 121-run seventh wicket stand between Ganguly (84) and Sunil Joshi (92), who had earlier picked up five wickets with his left-arm spin.

Bangladesh folded up for 91 in the second innings and India chased down 63 without any problem. In the picture above, we see Indian captain Ganguly with his Bangladesh counterpart Naimur Rahman, along with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.