London: India lost the 1996 series in England 0-1, but the golden debuts of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid at Lord's, which eagerly awaits the 100th Test match between the two countries, changed the way world looked at Indian cricket in the years to come.
For Ganguly the series was a sort of comeback, having been dumped after a lone ODI appearance in Brisbane in 1992, while for Dravid it was his first taste of international cricket.
Ganguly went on to score a century - 166 - on debut in the second Test while Dravid fell five short of a debut century. Had Dravid scored a century it would have been the first instance of two debutants from a same team scoring centuries. A year later Pakistan's Azhar Mahmood and Ali Naqvi achieved the feat against South Africa in Rawalpindi.