As fate would have it, Lara was indeed undone by a questionable run out decision.
When Lara surpassed Sobers record by amassing 375 at the Antigua Recreation Ground in 1994, the former star was on hand to witness the realisation of the very potential he had seen in the young man several years earlier.
When Matthew Hayden set the new world record for test cricket by surpassing Laras score, few amongst the most astute of cricket analysts thought that it would have been broken any time soon. Fewer persons thought it possible for the record to be broken so shortly after it had been established.
Fewer still thought that the person to break the record would have been Brian Lara, the former world record holder.
One English commentator observed the difference between the two innings by Lara the one in which he set the 375 and the other when he closed his innings on 4000 not out.
in the case of the establishment of the new world record, Lara was much more mature and no longer the youth 10 years before. His latter innings was all character and a determination to show the world that indeed he is the greatest batsman of his era.
The 400 runs were achieved against an England attack that was rated amongst the best available and one that signalled a turning point in the fortunes of English cricket at the global level.
Many cricket pundits in the Caribbean bemoan Laras inconsistency with the bat.
Many have lost confidence in him because they claim that he has not lived up to expectations.
Others claim that if there is one thing that Laras is consistent in is his inconsistency with the bat.
His many records, however, still seem to raise an important challenge to the foregoing views. One is therefore forced to raise the question of what sort of achievements he ought to have had had he been as consistent as many seem to want him to be with the bat.