On This Day, April 12: Brian Lara goes large by scoring 400
On this day, back in 2004, after only 6 months, Brian Lara reclaimed the record for highest individual score in Tests by scoring 400 not out against England at St. John's, Antigua in the 4th Test of the series. Six months back, Matthew Hayden had broken Lara's then record of 375 by scoring 380 against Zimbabwe at Perth but the Caribbean captain took only half-year time to get the record back to his name. He is till date the only player to touch the quadruple score-mark in Tests. However, Lara's gigantic score did help West Indies post a huge total of 751-5 but could not convert that into a win as England scored 285 and 422-5 to draw the contest and won the series by 3-0. Moreover, Lara also got a guard of honour from his team after scoring 400 and he is probably the only cricketer to receive such honour before retirement.