This is one of the Top 5 Best Test innings ever played and this is the highest score by an individual batter in test history and this was an innings that will never be forgotten and only Brian Lara could have played such an innings. To make 400* in a test match on your own and to still look so good and hit so many boundaries and sixes is amazing to watch.
This incredible innings was played in 2004 which was 19 years ago and even though test cricket has gotten so much modern and the batters have gotten bigger bats his record Is still intact and it looks like it will never be forgotten.
So, let’s look at the innings by Brian Lara
Brian Lara created history
It will not be wrong to say that on this day it was Brian Lara who created test history and it was against one of the best test teams in the world and when he came out to bat he was looking at a great match and then the England bowlers had no clue what to do and where to bowl. Brian Lara batted for 582 balls and made 400 which is almost like an ODI innings and in that innings he hit 43 fours and 4 sixes in his innings and West Indies made 751 runs on the board.
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It was an exhibition of world class batsmanship
This innings was a true exhibition of batsmanship of the highest order and all the young batters who would have watched this innings by Brian Lara because of the record must have learnt so much by just looking at it. He hit boundaries all around the ground and through the off side as well as the leg side. To hit 43 fours in one innings meaning 172 runs just in fours is extraordinary and he also hit 4 sixes. He ran for 204 of his 400 runs which shows how fit he was. It was a grew exhibition for all the young batters and they were treated to greatness.
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This record will never be broken
There are a few records in cricket which will most likely never be broken such as 100 hundreds in international matches by Sachin Tendulkar, 51 Test Hundreds by Sachin Tendulkar, 800 Test Wickets by Muthiah Muralidaran and one of those records is the 400* by Brian Lara. It was looking like in these 19 years that it would be broken but the fact that no one has even come close says that it is safe. And Brian Lara also has the 3rd highest test score of all time in 375.
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