It has been 19 years since Brian Lara, the West Indies batting legend, accomplished his remarkable 400 not out against England at St John’s. Following this historic achievement, no batsman globally has surpassed the 400-run milestone in Test cricket. Lara’s exceptional performance placed the England bowling attack in a formidable position as he scored an undefeated 400 from 582 deliveries, including 43 boundaries and 4 sixes, driving West Indies to an imposing total of 751/5 declared.
Despite displaying heroic efforts, the game concluded in a tie. In the wake of Virat Kohli surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s recent record of 49 one-day international centuries, Brian Lara believes that the emerging talent Shubman Gill has the capability to exceed Lara’s own Test innings record of 400 runs.
Lara told Anandabazar Patrika:
“Shubman Gill can break both my records. He (Gill) can do it (break my records). In Test cricket, he can surely go past 400. Cricket has changed a lot, especially batting. Batters play t20 leagues across the globe. IPL has changed everything. The scoring rate has gone up. So, you will keep seeing big scores. Shubman will score big, mark my words.”
Lara is optimistic that Shubman Gill has the potential to surpass his own first-class record of 501* runs in a single innings. While representing Warwickshire in 1994, Lara achieved an unbeaten score of 501 against Durham—a remarkable record that remains unmatched to this day.