Sports Desk- Brian Lara is still counted among the greatest Test players in the world. Brian Lara has a record in Test cricket that no player has broken yet. That record is to score 400 runs in an innings of Test cricket. On this day i.e. 12 April 2004, Lara scored 400 against England.
Earlier in the year 2003, Australia’s Matthew Hayden had scored 380 runs and broke Lara’s record of 375 runs. Lara’s score is still the best personal score in Test cricket.
Batting first in this match, West Indies scored a big score of 751 runs for five wickets. Lara had scored an unbeaten 400 in this innings, facing 582 balls, including 43 fours and four sixes. Apart from Lara, Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 90, Ridley Jacobs scored an unbeaten 107 not out. Chris Gayle also played a crucial inning of 69 runs.
England was all out for 285 in the first innings. Despite this, the West Indies team did not win, as England scored 422 for five on the fifth day after playing a follow-on which drew the match.
The Caribbean opener, known for his outstanding batting, was also compared to ‘God of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar. Lara has 11,953 runs in 131 Tests and 10,405 runs in 299 ODIs. He is the only batsman to score 400 runs in Tests, apart from scoring a personal score of 501 in the first-class match.