There is something about an unbeaten century in the fourth innings, especially if it’s in a winning cause. Add to that, a coming from a behind victory from a hopeless situation. Now make it against the best bowling attack, best fielding unit, and by far the best team in the world.
You might be mistaking it for a fairytale or a great dream, but all the above-mentioned factors were the pillars that made Brian Lara’s 153* into a what many say as the greatest test knock ever. Yes, this a way better knock than his 400*, which many who know of the game would call borderline selfish.
Australia was touring the West Indies in 1999 for a 4 match test series. Australia had thrashed the hosts in the first test, before a Lara 200 helped the Windies level the series. Chasing 308 on the deteriorating Barbados pitch in the 4th innings, West Indies found themselves at an appalling 105/5. Lara made a magnificent 153* against a bowling attack comprising of Gillespie, McGrath and Warne and the hosts won by 1 wicket.
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