Eye-witness to Hanif Mohammad’s 499 and Brian Lara’s 500 – 35 years apart in different continents!

Only once in the history of First-Class cricket a batsman scored 500 in an innings. Lara achieved the mindboggling feat when playing for Warwickshire against Durham in a county game on June 6, 1994. His monumental knock included 62 fours and 10 sixes. Technically there was only one ball left when he brought up the magical 500, hitting John Morris through the covers for four, at which point Warwickshire declared to bring an end to the run-orgy.

Lara supplanted a 35-year-old First-Class highest standing in the name of Pakistan’s Hanif Mohammad. Playing against Bhawalpur in the Quaid-e-Azam semi-final, Hanif was one short of 500 when he was run out! He had the satisfaction of beating Don Bradman’s First-Class record of 452, but falling one short of 500 was a huge disappointment for Hanif.

Any cricket fan would consider himself very fortunate to witness such a historic innings. Just imagine how fortunate this man was who witnessed the innings of Hanif and Lara 35 years apart and in different continents!

As a 10-year-old, this boy was taken to a game in Karachi by his dad posted in India where he witnessed Hanif Mohammad’s 499. Thirty five years later, this boy was the Director of Cricket at Warwickshire and was at the ground when Lara scored his magnum opus.

The name of the boy? Bob Woolmer.