It was in the year of 2004 that the world witnessed Brian Lara amass a record score of 400 not out in Test cricket by taking a single off spin-bowler Gareth Batty in the 202nd over of West Indian innings. The crowd of the Antigua Recreation Ground stood up and applauded the Prince of Trinidad for reaching the elusive score that stands intact till date.
While his innings of 400 received acclamation, several former and then present cricketers deemed it as a selfish one too. But one has to note that it takes an immense amount of concentration to achieve something as massive as this. A batsman needs to concentrate unprecedentedly to go past this and while many present cricketers have strolled nearby, none have gone past it.
We take a look at Five cricketers who can break the record of Brian Lara’s highest individual score in tests:
England’s Ben Stokes had a year to remember in 2019. His career hung in the balance due to the bar fight incident back in 2015; however, it didn’t stop him from leading England to some thrilling victories after that across all formats of the game. The Kiwi-born all-rounder mustered 821 runs in 2019 with two centuries and four fifties at an average of 45.61.
The 28-year old can mould his style of the game as per the situation. For instance, in his remarkable innings of 135 in Leeds in August 2019, he scored only ten runs off the first 80 balls. Stokes rapidly increased his scoring rate to end up with 135 off 216 deliveries at a strike rate of 61.64 with 11 fours and eight sixes. Hence, if the target of 400 is in sight, Stokes can go past it with ease.