A true gentleman in the gentleman's game, a heroic performance, a magician with the bat, match-winning innings, Brian Charles Lara is the one and the only player on this planet earth to hit an astonishing unbeaten 400 in a Test match against England in Antigua.
On this day (April 12, 2004), the legendary Caribbean cricketer scored the quadruple century to break the world records. We, EeYuva wants to rewind once again the greatest feat achieved by Brian Lara. Just scroll down to get into the brief details.
15 years ago at the Antigua Recreation Ground, the southpaw batsman became the first player in international format to register a quadruple ton in Test cricket. Earlier, Hayden scored 380 against the weak team Zimbabwe in 2003 and Australia's dynamic opener was the highest individual run scorer before Lara.
The day will be remembered forever in the history of cricket books, as the left-hander tore apart the strong bowling unit of England to register 400 runs in Test. However, the interesting point here is Lara was the highest individual score (375) on the same ground against the same English team in 1994 before Hayden.
The Trinidadian-born-batsman faced 582 deliveries, managed with 43 fours and 4 hits into the stands. Setting a new benchmark to the typical modern day batsmen, it has been fifteen years and not even any batsman in the world as came closer to break Lara's world record.
The Match Details
With West Indies 0-3 lost the series, The former Caribbean captain won the toss and elected to bat first at the Antigua Recreation Ground. The Jamaican hitter Chris Gayle started the innings on a good note. However, After the first wicket of Daren Ganga, the legendary classy batsman enter into the crease and established a 232-run partnership and 282-run partnership with Ramnaresh Sarwan and Ridley Jacobs for 3rd wicket and 6th wicket respectively.
The 49-year-old (Current age) almost stayed 13 hours at the wicket for his tremendous unbeaten 400 score. After his quadruple century, West Indies declared the innings for 751/5. In reply, England were all-out for 285 in 1st innings. The home team enforced the follow-on and in the 2nd innings visitors scored 422 runs with the loss of five wickets. The match was ended in a draw and Princey (as he is fondly called) was adjudged 'Man of the Match' award.
Lara becomes the fourth player to reach 300 milestone twice in Test – before him Don Bradman (Australia), Virender Sehwag (India) and Chris Gayle (West Indies) are in the elite list.
The leftie's world record of 400 took the entire cricket fraternity by storm and all the cricket players, former cricketers, fans and cricket pundits were applauded for his massive effort. Matthew Hayden previous highest individual score also congratulated him through the phone call.