Highest individual score holder in tests 400* and in first class cricket 501*

9 - Signed Laminated Front Page of Trinidad Guardian: 'Lara the Greatest' &

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  • In the third week of April 1994 Brian Charles Lara, almost 25, broke one of crickets most famous landmarks when he passed Garry Sobers' record of 365 for the highest Test innings. Sobers stiffly walked to the middle to offer his personal congratulations. 9 years later it was broken by Australia M. Hayden in 2003 when he scored 380 against Zimbabwe. No one assumed it would be Lara who reclaimed his title in April of 2004 when England toured the Caribbean. In that series - In the first three Tests he had scored exactly 100 runs with a best of 36. His failures ripped the backbone out of the side, and his own confidence suffered so much that he even dropped himself down the order. Graham Thorpe, who was on the field throughout both Lara's Antigua records, said: "For the first time I could remember Lara's footwork became unsure and he was hopping around in discomfort." Twenty minutes before lunch Lara hoisted Batty into the Viv Richards pavilion to equal Hayden's record. The next ball was swept for four and the record was his again after it had been only 185 days in Australia. Sobers had made his way through jubilant spectators to the middle to offer his personal congratulations in 1994, this time Lara had to make do with the opportunistic new prime minister of Antigua, Baldwin Spencer. Then after lunch Lara became the first man to reach 400 in a Test and remianed not out. He had batted two minutes shy of 13 hours, faced 582 deliveries and hit 43 fours and four sixes in that monumental innings.