Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has recalled his famous 329-run knock against New Zealand in the 2002 Lahore Test. The legendary batsman had become the second Pakistan batsman to score triple hundred in Tests. He had fallen just 8 runs short of breaking legendary Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad’s record of 337 runs for Pakistan.
Recalling that iconic knock, Inzamam-ul-Haq rued that he would have become the first cricketer to score 400 in Tests if he received support from the other end. The right-handed batsman was the last Pakistan wicket to fell as the hosts piled up a staggering total of 643.
In reply, the hapless New Zealand side was all out for just 73 with Shoaib Akhtar picking six wickets for just 11 runs. Asked to follow on, the visitors failed to do well in the second innings too and were all out for just 246 as Pakistan won the game by an innings and 324 runs.
“329 was a very memorable inning for me as it’s my biggest innings. The special thing about that day was that it was extremely hot. Imran Nazir also made a hundred then and we were on top. As I built my innings, the poor Kiwi players were getting very tired. When I passed 300, their body language told me that you can score as much as you want, just let us go,” recalled Inzamam-ul-Haq.
“If I had batsmen alongside me and we were 5-6 down, I think I had the opportunity to make a world record. There was enough time and the runs were also coming fast. Maybe I could have gone on to make more than 400 runs. I just needed one more hour to get to make a world-record,” he added.
Two years after Inzamam-ul-Haq’s knock, West Indies legend Brian Lara became the first batsman to score 400-runs in a single Test innings. No other batsman has managed to touch the 400-run mark so far.