I only needed one hour to score 400: Inzamam
In Test cricket, four batsmen have scored triple centuries for Pakistan. However, no one has yet been able to break Hanif Mohammad’s record of 337 runs set in 1958. But former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq went very close.
Inzamam scored 329 runs in the Lahore Test against New Zealand in 2002. But he could not make the innings bigger as there was no batsman left at the other end. He believes he could have made 400 as the first batsman in just one hour that day.
Inzamam reminisced about his best innings almost 18 years after that match. On the same day, in the 13th over of the innings, batting at number four, Inzamam was dismissed as the last batsman in the 158th over.
Inzamam faced 436 balls in nine and half hours and scored 329 runs with 38 fours and 9 sixes. Opener Imran Nazir also scored a century (127 off 203 balls). Pakistan scored 643 runs. Later they won by an innings and 324 runs.
In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Inzamam said,
“The 329-run innings is very memorable. Because that was my biggest innings. It was very hot that day. Imran Nazir also scored a century. Our position was pretty good. I was leading my innings and the Kiwi cricketers were getting tired. When I crossed 300, they thought, do as much as you want, let us go.”
“If I had a batsman with me or we had 5-6 wickets, I could have set a world record,” he said. “There was a lot of time in hand then and the run was also coming very fast. I could have done more than 400. I only needed one hour to set a world record.”