This day, that year: Twenty-three years since Brian Lara’s epic 501*

first_imgBrian Lara’s 400* against England back in 2004 in Antigua still stands as the highest individual score by a player in Test cricket but very few would know that it’s not his highest score ever.Twenty-three years from today back in 1994, he scored 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston. In the process he overtook the previous best of 499 by Hanif Mohammad for Karachi against Bahawalpur in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy semi-final in 1959.Lara achieved the milestone off 427 balls and in 474 minutes. Luck was shining for him and he made the most of it.The now 48-year-old was bowled off a no-ball when he was batting on 12 by Anderson Cummins and was then dropped by wicketkeeper Chris Scott on 18. What followed was fluent and delightful to watch. He hit 174 runs before lunch on the final day of the match and finally brought up his 500 with a cover drive off the bowling of John Morris. Lara hammered 62 fours and ten sixes in his 501*.With that innings, he also became the first man to make seven hundreds in eight first-class innings. His previous best of 375 against England was the first of the eight centuries. It was also the highest individual score in Test cricket until Matthew Hayden scored 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003. But he took his record back in April 2004 with 400* against England in Antigua.The Prince of Trinidad is considered as one of the best cricketers in the history of the game and his ability to play long innings has always made him stand out. And when he was dropped on that day, the players knew that they will have a huge task ahead of them to knock the West Indian down.advertisement”Oh dear, he’ll probably go on and get a hundred,” said Scott apparently after dropping him.Dermot Reeve, the captain of Warwickshire was amazed at the confidence Lara showed. It prompted him to continue and not declare the innings as the West Indian was nearing the record landmark.  “During the interval the crowd grew as word spread Lara was hitting out. I thought about declaring at lunchtime to make a game of it,” Reeve told the Daily Express.”But Brian said, ‘Let me go for 500’. It shows how confident he was,” he added.His 501* remained the highest individual score by any batsmen.He played his last Test in 2006 and one-day international a year later. While he has 11,953 runs from 131 Tests — averaging 52.88, he has scored 10,405 runs in 299 ODIs at an average of 40.48.He tried his hand at the shortest format of the game as well, when he played in the now defunct Indian Cricket League but failed to make a mark there. He went onto play a few T20 games here and there but his stats are nowhere near his Test and ODI records.last_img read more

Tsitsipas to US Open Umpire in Tirade: ‘You’re All Weirdos!’ (Videos)

first_imgNEW YORK — Stefanos Tsitsipas accused a U.S. Open chair umpire of having a bias against him during a tirade in which he told the official, “You’re all weirdos!”Tsitsipas told Damien Dumusois that the cause of his bias was “because you’re French probably and you’re all weirdos!”The argument came midway through the fourth set of Tsitsipas’ 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5 loss to Andrey Rublev on Tuesday, a day when he and fellow young star Dominic Thiem both lost in the first round for the second straight major tournament.Tsitsipas, the No. 8 seed from Greece, appeared to be battling cramps and was slow to return to the court after losing his serve.Dumusois told Tsitsipas it was time to play, but Tsitsipas was still reaching into his bag for a new headband and screamed at Dumusois that he still needed time to change. Dumusois responded that Tsitsipas would be penalized.“I don’t care,” Tsitsipas replied. “Do whatever you want, because you’re the worst.”“I don’t know what you have against me,” Tsitsipas continued. “Because you’re French probably and you’re all weirdos! You’re all weirdos!””You have something against me. You’re French, probably. … You’re all weirdos.” Things didn’t go to plan for No. 8 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the #USOpenMORE:— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) August 27, 2019Dumusois is indeed French.Tsitsipas had been angry that Dumusois believed he was getting coaching during the match from his father, Apostolos, which is not allowed.“The chair umpire was very incorrect in what he was telling me during the match,” Tsitsipas said afterward. “I don’t know what this chair umpire has in specific against my team, but he’s been complaining and telling me that my team talks all of the time when I’m out on the court playing. He’s very — I don’t know. I believe he’s not right, because I never hear anything of what my team says from the outside.”Tsitsipas added that he thought tennis needed more umpires who are fair to all players.“I feel like some of them have preferences when they are on the court,” he said.Tsitsipas opened his Grand Slam season by beating Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open semifinals. He fell at Wimbledon to Thomas Fabbiano, who then sent Thiem to another quick exit by beating the No. 4 seed 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on a day when four top-10 seeds in the bottom half of the bracket were upset.The two-time French Open runner-up said he was battling an illness leading into the tournament and said he was exhausted after two sets.“I’m far away from 100%,” Thiem said. “Like this, it’s very tough to win.”Tsitsipas was clear that his problems stemmed from the influence of Dumusois.“Well, it’s not very pleasant when you have the umpire give you warnings and time violations and coaching violations during a match,” Tsitsipas said. “It can affect your thinking. It can affect your decision-making.”By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare77 Shareslast_img read more