6th of June is not only known for the famous D-Day landings, as on the 50th anniversary of the same (1994), the then 25-year-old Brian Lara defied all the odds by bragging a massive 501* while plying his trade with Warwickshire County Cricket Club against Durham at Edgbaston. And to add further to it, Warwickshire completed their treble by winning the County Championship, Sunday League and Benson & Hedges Cup later in the same season.
The Trinidad and Tobago-born veteran, in the process, surpassed the milestone of 499 runs set by Hanif Mohammad back in January 1959. His 500 runs benchmark came just two months after he scored a whopping 375 runs in 538 balls in a Test series against England – The Wisden Trophy.
The Windies international, however, could have failed to reach the summit had it not been a no ball from Anderson Cummins and the misfielding of Chris Scott. Cummins got the better of Lara while he was stuck at just 12 runs, but was called not-out due to a no ball. Furthermore, while standing onto the crease with 18 runs at his disposal, wicketkeeper Chris Scott dropped off his catch, allowing them to regret their faults after the game. After the drop Scott supposedly muttered: “Oh dear, he’ll probably go on and get a hundred.”
It only took 427 deliveries to Lara to reach the milestone, and in the midst, he smashed 62 boundaries and 10 sixes and became the first man to score seven hundreds in eight first-class innings.
His record of 375 runs was eventually surpassed by Australia’s all time great Matthew Hayden in 2003 when he smacked a 437-ball 380 in the first test of the Southern Cross Trophy against Zimbabwe at Perth. Lara, however, took it back a year later when he bagged a 582-ball 400 against England.