Rohit Sharma stole the show from Sachin Tendulkar, hitting a century on debut to help India end day two of the first Test against the West Indies on 354-6.
Sharma reached stumps unbeaten on 127 as he and Ravi Ashwin, who will resume on Friday 92 not out, helped the hosts open up a 120-run first-innings lead at Eden Gardens.
Replying to the tourists 234 all out, India looked in serious trouble when they slumped to 83-5, spinner Shane Shillingford doing the majority of the damage with four wickets.
However Sharma - who had played in 108 one-dayers and 36 Twenty20 fixtures for his country before finally getting his chance in the longest form of the game - led a superb recovery, firstly in alliance with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni before then combining with Ashwin.
His undefeated knock included 16 fours and a solitary six after he had arrived at the crease to replace the dismissed Tendulkar.
The Little Master will have to hope for a second chance to mark his farewell from Kolkata with a three-figure score, Shillingford having trapped him leg before for just 10.
The veteran batsman - who will retire after the second Test in the series - could perhaps feel a little aggrieved at the decision, with the slow bowler's doosra striking him on the thigh as he was caught on the crease.
The wicket left the score at 82-4 and India had only added another run before Virat Kohli became the latest victim for Shillingford, Kieran Powell taking the catch to dismiss the right-hander for three.
India had begun the morning session on 37 without loss but suffered an early blow, Shikhar Dhawan bowled off an inside edge for 23. Opening partner Murali Vijay reached 26 until he was stumped by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin to give Shillingford his second wicket of the day.
Sheldon Cottrell was the other West Indies bowler to have success, Cheteshwar Pujara's attempts to ramp a short delivery from the seamer over the top only resulting in him edging through to Ramdin.
The quick-fire departures of Tendulkar and Kohli had India wobbling and although Dhoni briefly steadied the ship, his departure to Tino Best put the game back in the balance.
Yet Sharma and Ashwin came together to tilt the contest firmly back in India's favour, the former reaching three figures in rather streaky fashion when an attempted drive off left-armer Cottrell was nicked to the third man boundary.