On April 12, 2004, Lara came to the crease when the West Indies were in a difficult position at 47 for 2. He proceeded to showcase his exceptional batting skills, resilience, and concentration, as he accumulated runs steadily. Lara displayed his trademark flair and elegance, combining powerful strokes with graceful shot-making.
During his marathon innings, Lara faced a total of 582 deliveries and spent more than 12 hours at the crease. His innings included 43 fours and 4 sixes. Lara's ability to maneuver the ball to different parts of the ground, his footwork against both pace and spin, and his exceptional shot selection allowed him to compile an enormous score.
Lara's score of 400 not out surpassed the previous record of 380, which was also held by him. He had achieved the score of 380 against the same opponent, England, in 1994. With his remarkable feat, Lara became the first and only player to score 400 runs in a Test innings.
This record-breaking innings by Lara demonstrated his mastery of the game and solidified his status as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history. It stands as a testament to his skill, determination, and ability to thrive under pressure. Lara's 400 not out remains a landmark achievement in Test cricket and a remarkable individual feat that continues to be celebrated by cricket fans worldwide.