12 April 2004:When Lara scored a record 400 and thrashed English bowlers

On 12 April in 2004, Brian Lara became the first ever player to score the record 400 runs in a Test Innings.He is still the only player to do so.It has been 13 years but no one got success for breaking this masterclass record.Brian Lara took back what had been his for a long period of time before Matthew Hayden briefly snatched it away from him – The highest individual score in a Test match – with a scarcely believable 400 not-out against England in the fourth Test of the series at Antigua. With England leading the four-match series, 3-0, captain Lara took the onus on himself to avoid the ignominy of a series whitewash. On a road-like pitch at the Antigua Recreational Ground, he pummelled the England attack, scoring 43 fours and four sixes during his 778 minute vigil. Riding on Lara’s 400, West Indies posted 751/5 decl. By the time West Indies called it time on their innings midway through Day 3, they’d all-but avoided defeat. Pedro Collins’ four-fer then allowed Lara to enforce the follow-on but too much time had been wasted in the first innings and the hosts couldn’t press for a win.

Brief scores:

West Indies 751 for 5 decl. (Chris Gayle 69, Brian Lara 400*, Ramnaresh Sarwan 90, Ridley Jacobs 107*) drew with England 285 (Mark Butcher 51, Andrew Flintoff 102*; Pedro Collins 4 for 76) and 422 for 5 (Marcus Trescothick 88, Michael Vaughan 140, Mark Butcher 61, Nasser Hussain 56).