Melbourne: West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara indicated yesterday that his world record score of 400 not out, which he scored off an England attack in the 2004 Antigua Test, can be broken by Virat Kohli or Chris Gayle.
Brian Lara with his partner Jamey Bowers in Sydney on Monday. Pic/ Getty Images
"People ask if 400 is going to be broken and I believe it's going to be broken because of T20 and the way the guys are batting. The likes of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, (if) these guys get two days in a Test match on a good batting track, and the pace they bat at, everything is possible," Lara, who scored 22,358 international runs before retiring in 2007, said.
"And I believe T20 has definitely developed people's confidence. They have made scores in the 200-250 range — easy scores to get to. Batsmen and teams now have to look way beyond that."
However, Lara said that Indian batsman Rohit Sharma's record one-day international (ODI) knock of 264 which he hit against Sri Lanka recently will be difficult to surpass. Rohit stunned the cricketing world with his monster score against Sri Lanka last week, smashing the previous record of 219 held by fellow Indian Virender Sehwag.
Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle
"We all grew up with the innings of Sir Vivian Richards' 189 in Manchester against England, and how he dominated the bowling then and that was the world record for quite some time," Lara was quoted as saying by Herald Sun.
'Rohit's 264 was special'
"But I felt that 200 was possible. I just believe that this one (Rohit's innings) is a little bit unreachable now. This one is an exceptional performance, getting to that total and he still got out. It was a special innings. It's very, very difficult to see it being surpassed."
Lara, who holds the world record for the highest individual score in a Test match and first-class match (unbeaten 501 for Warwickshire vs Durham in 1994), was on a flight to London for much of the innings but arrived at his hotel just in time to see the 27-year-old Indian right-hander reach his double-hundred.
"When he got to 200 I thought, 'this man has got to a double century twice in one-day internationals', but I didn't know it was going to go on to something that, to me, seemed impossible," Lara said.
Lara, whose highest ODI score was 169, says he thought 200 was an achievable target when he began his career but believes Rohit's mark is a stretch too far for any players starting out now.
Virat Kohli's average in Tests. He has scored 1855 runs in 29 matches