West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara has revealed that he was trying ahead to congratulate David Warner had the Australian breached his report of highest particular person Take a look at rating, simply as Gary Sobers had achieved when he achieved the feat.
Lara broke the report of highest particular person Take a look at rating twice, first when he overtook compatriot Gary Sober’s 36-year-old mark of 365 by scoring 375 in opposition to England in 1994 after which once more when he bettered his personal report to achieve 400 in 2004.
On Saturday, Warner hit an unbeaten 335 in the course of the second Take a look at in opposition to Pakistan and appeared set to cross Lara’s 400 mark earlier than Tim Paine declared the innings.
Lara, who was right here to attend some industrial engagements, stated he was on the brink of meet Warner. “I was hoping they might catch me and get me (out) there and that was one of the reasons I was hoping they might have let him go for it,” Lara was quoted by Information Corp.
“It would have been amazing to walk out there (as Sobers did). Records are made to be broken. It’s great when they are broken by attacking players. Entertainers. Being in Adelaide I would have got an opportunity to if not walk out, at least meet him at this opportune time,” stated Lara.
The 50-year-old stated Warner may nonetheless obtain the milestone. “I nonetheless assume Warner might have time to do it in his profession. I do know he’s not a spring hen however as quickly as you get that 300 you know the way to get 400. He might get one other shot at it.
“He’s a really attacking participant and that’s the kind of participant who can at all times set you up for a win. I do know you want stabilizers however you additionally want one or two gamers like David Warner and Sir Vivian Richards who can take the sport with their bats.”
En route his 335 not out, Warner went previous Sir Don Bradman and Mark Taylor’s high scores of 334 to take a seat second behind Matthew Hayden’s 380 because the second highest-ever rating by an Australian.
“But after passing Sir Donald Bradman I would have loved to see him race towards me. I was getting dressed to come back near the end of his innings. I was listening to commentators say whether he would have a go at Matthew Hayden’s 380 but I felt if he got to 381 he would have to have a go at my record,” stated Lara.
He added that though he understood the captain’s resolution of declaring the innings, he would have like if Warner was given a bit extra time to try to etch his identify in historical past books.
“It was a great innings. I can see that Australia winning the match was the major thing and the weather was a big factor but I would have loved to have seen Australia go for it. Being here I would have loved to see it. Even if they say ‘hey David, you have got 12 overs, see if you could do it by tea time’ It would have been great.”