Ganguly then came out to bat at the number three position and he went on to play a knock of 131 runs from 301 balls with the help of 20 boundaries.
The left-handed batsman was involved in a 94-run stand with Rahul Dravid for the sixth wicket.
Ganguly was finally sent back to the pavilion by Alan Mullaly and India was left at 296/6.
It was also the Test debut of Rahul Dravid, however, the right-handed batsman missed out on a century after being dismissed for 95.
India was eventually bundled out for 429, gaining a lead of 85 runs over the hosts.
England managed to hang on and the side registered 278/9 in the second innings as the match ended in a draw.
Over the years, Ganguly went on to become one of the most successful Indian skippers. Under his leadership, India defeated Pakistan in Pakistan for the first time in a Test series.
He also guided India to the finals of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Ganguly played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs.
The swashbuckling left-handed batsman scored 18,575 runs across all formats in his international career.
In October 2019, Ganguly became the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
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