It wasn't the greatest of debuts as it was a rain curtailed game that ended in a draw.
The first three days were washed out and the game only started on Day 4. Batting first, India were dismissed for a paltry 167 with Chaminda Vaas taking four wickets. The debutant scored 30 in the game, inclusive of six fours before he was dismissed by leg-spinner Malinga Bandara.
In reply, Sri Lanka scored 168 for four before the conclusion of the game, with Mahela Jayawardene top-scoring for the visitors with 71. Dhoni also took one catch in the game, that of left-handed batsman Avishka Gunawardene while keeping.
This was Dhoni's entry into the Test arena and he went onto play 90 Tests for India even leading the side to No.1 spot.
He scored 4876 runs with highest of 224 and an average of 38.04. He had 33 half-centuries and six centuries to his name.
Dhoni played his final Test in 2014 against Australia in Melbourne and shocked everyone when he announced his retirement after the game. He handed over the reigns to Virat Kohli who has led the side ever since.
First Published: December 2, 2018, 9:24 AM IST