Brian Lara, recorded the highest test score - TWICE, 375 and 400*
Brian Lara, recorded the highest test score – TWICE, 375 and 400*

Brian Charles Lara, cricketer who broke highest individual test score record. Not ones but TWICE

When it comes to batting elegance Brian Charles Lara stands far far superior in his generation of cricket.

Muttiah Muralitharan, one of the greatest spinner cricket has ever produced hailed Lara as his toughest batsman to bowl.

Brian Lara won so many matches for West Indies single-handedly. But do you know, Brian Lara set the same world record of highest individual test score twice against the same opposition and at the same venue?

First Instance of Lara becoming the highest individual scorer in test cricket

Lara first achieved this feet in Apr 1994. In a match against England at St John’s in April 1994 Lara scored huge 375 runs in West Indies 1st inning (full scorecard). By scoring those runs Lara surpassed the 38 year old highest individual test score record of Sir Garfield Sobers which came against Pakistan in a match at Kingston back in Feb-Mar 1958 (full scorecard).

Brian Lara highest individual test score 375 runs

Matthew Hayden broke the record of highest individual test score

Lara was the record holder of highest individual test score from 1994 till his record of 375 was shattered by Matthew Hayden of Australia in Oct 2003. In a match against Zimbabwe at Perth in October 2003, Hayden broke the highest individual test score record of Brian Lara by scoring 380 runs in that match. With the help of of heroics Australia scored a huge total of 735 runs for 6 wickets in their first inning and eventually won the match by inning and 175 runs (scorecard).

Matthew Hayden highest individual test score 380 runs

Lara Recaptured the throne of highest individual test score

However, exactly after 6 months regain the record of highest individual test score again. It was not possible for Lara to remain quiet after seeing his throne highest individual run scorer being captured by any other batsman.

Brian Lara highest individual test score 400 runs

England team was touring West Indies and in the fourth Test at Saint Johns in April 2004, Lara scored 400 runs in the first inning of West Indies. This is the first time that any individual achieved a 400 run mark in test cricket history. West Indies put a massive 751 runs for 5 wickets in their first inning (full scorecard). Though the match ended as a draw Brian Charles Lara was again on the Throne of highest individual test score.

Top 5 Highest individual scores in Test Cricket History

PlayerRunsBalls PlayedAgainstGroundDate
Brian Charles Lara400*582EnglandSt John’s10 Apr 2004
Matthew Hayden380437ZimbabwePerth9 Oct 2003
Brian Charles Lara375538EnglandSt John’s16 Apr 1994
Mahela Jayawardene374572South AfricaColombo (SSC)27 Jul 2006
Sir Garry Sobers365*PakistanKingston26 Feb 1958

FAQs

Q: What is the highest score in test by a player?

A: 400 runs scored by Brian Charles Lara against England in Apr 2004

Q: Who recorded highest test score individual runs?

A: Brian Charles Lara 400 runs against England

Q: What is the highest score in test cricket and by whom?

A: Highest score in test cricket is 400 runs. This is recorded by West Indian Left handed Batsman Brian Charles Lara.

Q: Who was holding the record of highest runs in test cricket before Lara scored 400 runs?

A: Before Lara his 400 runs against England, Australia’s Matthew Hayden was holding the record of highest runs in test cricket with his 380 runs against Zimbabwe.

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