England got a taste of what was to come in the future when West Indies’ Brian Lara scored a magnificent 375 in the fifth Test match – then the highest score ever in Test cricket surpassing the previous record of Sir Garfield Sobers, set in 1958 (365 not out).
Almost 10 years later at the same ground in Antigua, Lara became the first and only batsman to score a quadruple hundred (400 not out).
Lara’s 375 in the first innings, which included 45 boundaries, set up a draw and West Indies won the series 3-1. He batted 766 minutes and faced 538 balls in the marathon knock.
The hosts were 12-2 at one stage, but reached 593 for five declared.
It was a quite incredible knock that on April 18, 2017 now celebrates its 23rd anniversary.
Below, you can relive the best moments from Lara’s stunning effort.
India and Australia have always had a fierce cricket rivalry, and the 2017 series was certainly not the first time tensions boiled over.
But, given that Indian captain Virat Kohli says he no longer considers the Australian players his friends, it’s worth taking a look at what transpired over the last two months. Here are the five most controversial moments of the series.
Emotions were running high after Australia won the opening Test in Pune, but visiting skipper Steve Smith set off a storm of controversy in the second game.
Smith looked to his dressing room while deciding whether to review his lbw dismissal in Bangalore, in a moment he described as a “brain fade”.
But Indian captain Virat Kohli accused the visitors of routinely abusing the decision review system, stopping just short of calling Smith a cheat.
An ensuing war of words, as both captains stood their ground, required the cricket boards of India and Australia to intervene but even a clear-the-air meeting between the skippers failed to smooth things over.
After Steve Smith's brain fade incident— Kartikey Garg (@Kartikey_) March 27, 2017
Australia got 1 DRS review right out of 11.
Coincidence, I think not. #IndvAus
The rancour worsened in the third Test when Australia’s Glenn Maxwell was caught mocking a shoulder injury sustained by Kohli while diving to save a boundary.
Maxwell, after making a similar plunge in the outfield, was seen clutching his shoulder and grinning to his team-mates in a parody that infuriated Indian fans and commentators.
Kohli had the last laugh, grabbing his shoulder in theatrical fashion after Australian opener David Warner was dismissed for 14 the next day.
The fourth and final Test in Dharamsala saw a fresh controversy as Ravindra Jadeja and Matthew Wade engaged in a slanging match that could have been left on the field — had India’s cricket board not intervened.
The verbal clash was picked up by stump microphones and the board posted the complete exchange on its website and social media channels for all to hear.
Smith later expressed disappointment that the board had “sieved through the archive to find a conversation out on the field” between the two opponents.
Also in the final Test, Smith was caught out by an eagle-eyed cameraman as he called Murali Vijay a cheat for claiming a catch that had clearly hit the grass.
Smith, watching the incident from the dressing room, was seen saying “F****** cheat!”, but he later apologised for letting his emotions get the better of him.
Murali Vijay claims a catch that was grounded. Steve Smith captured by TV cameras mouthing "f***ing cheat"— Ben Horne (@BenHorne8) March 27, 2017
All could have been forgiven and forgotten on the final day, but Kohli remained unhappy despite India’s series win.
The home captain said he wouldn’t think of the Australian players as friends “ever again”, a comment which drew a strong reaction from Aussie media.
Smith also revealed that he invited the Indian players to share a beer with his team, but was rebuffed as the series ended in acrimony.
India battled to a 2-1 Test series win over Australia after winning the fourth and final match of the series in Dharamsala.
As has been the case when these two teams met recently, tensions flared again with India captain Virat Kohli even stating that his relationship with the Australian players had changed after the series.
Here, we look at the five talking points (from a cricketing point-of-view):
STEVE SMITH IS THE BEST IN TESTS
Steve Smith came into the series as the number one Test batsman in the world and he fully justified that tag with some stupendous performances. His century in Australia’s second innings in Pune played a big role in the Australians winning their first Test on Indian soil in over 12 years.
The Aussie captain was the top run-getter in the series, with 499 runs to his name at an impressive average of 71.28, including three centuries.
If he continues in the same vein, he could break a number of Test records in the years to come.
INDIA AREN’T ALL ABOUT KOHLI
There were question marks raised about whether or not the Indian team would be able to win matches without star batsman Virat Kohli. After all, the talismanic captain was the Player of the Series against England and was named the Player of the Match in the lone Test against Bangladesh as well.
In the series against the Baggy Green, though, Kohli’s form came crashing down as he could manage just 46 runs in the three Tests he played in at an average of below 10.
In fact, the Delhi batsman didn’t even play in the fourth Test and India won the match in his absence which showed that the Indian team is formidable even in his absence.
PUJARA, RAHUL ADD STABILITY AT THE TOP
Before the start of the series against Australia, Indian opener KL Rahul had a reputation for being feast-or-famine. He had four Test centuries to his name in his young career but had failed to even get starts on other occasions.
Rahul finally added consistency to his game, scoring six half-centuries in seven innings during the series. He will be disappointed that he wasn’t able to convert any of these knocks into a hundred, but he can be proud of his performances.
Cheteshwar Pujara, on the other hand, continues to shine in the longest format of the game. He notched up 405 runs, which included a double century in the third Test in Ranchi.
UMESH YADAV COMES OF AGE
It has been more than five years since Umesh Yadav made his Test debut and over the years, he has had his doubters. A Test bowling average in the high 30s hasn’t helped either.
It was a different story in the India-Australia series, though, as Umesh bowled with superb control to end the series as the highest wicket-taker among all the fast bowlers.
It is not often that an Indian pacer outbowls his Australian counterparts, but the Vidarbha fast bowler did just that, ending the series with 17 wickets to his name at an average of 23.41. His spell in Australia’s second innings in the Dharamsala Test is not something many people will soon forget.
JADEJA CONTINUES TO SHINE
Since making his debut for the Indian Test team, Ravindra Jadeja has mostly played second fiddle to Ravichandran Ashwin. However, that has changed now with Jadeja playing a starring role in India’s series win against Australia.
The 28-year-old won the Player of the Series award for his efforts as he topped the bowling charts with 25 wickets during the campaign and also made crucial contributions with the bat – scoring two important half-centuries.
Jadeja also ended the series as the number one Test bowler in the world.