July 8, 1972, birth of India's most successful captain. Under Sourav Ganguly, the Indian cricket team started winning Test matches abroad consistently, something it hadn't managed to do for the first 60 odd years of its time as a Test playing nation. You can read more about the inspiring and combative 'Prince of Calcutta' by clicking on the picture.
On this day (June 22) in 1996, Sourav Ganguly made a century on debut at Lord's. Another first-timer, Rahul Dravid, didn't do too badly either and made a polished 95. Earlier, Jack Russell, made his second Test hundred - and the first by an England wicketkeeper at Lord's for 44 years. (Three Tests later he was dropped.) Extra: This high scoring game was also Dickie Bird's last.