Most runs in a single Test
Graham Gooch – England v India, Lord’s 1990
If you take away the chance he earnt, it was an unblemished performance. Gooch has always been one of my favourite batsmen. He never called me by my name. “Master,” he would call me. (Gooch has no memory of this, saying: “I thought I always called him ‘Azhar’.”) He was smashing our bowlers around but you couldn’t take your eyes off his masterly show, even though he was hurting us. There are times when you admire your opponent. Gooch was one such batsman. He played the on drive to perfection. His sweep shot was always lethal. Our bowlers discovered the hard way in that Test. It was Gooch versus us, really.
Once they stuck us in, they never looked like getting wickets, so we were just putting our feet up and enjoying the Lord’s hospitality. Allan Lamb and Robin Smith made hundreds, too. You have got friends inviting you to one of the boxes, and you are free as a player to go in and out, catch up with a few people in the corporate box, have lunch with your family in one of the suites. It was a relaxed environment. You went and did that knowing you would not be needed for some time.
People always mention about the BBC going off air on the second day to show racing (the 4.05pm from Ascot), just as I was about to get to 300. I was a bit nervous, so I probably slowed down then. But then, when I made it past, I was looking to tee off, make some quick runs ahead of the declaration. As it was, I was running out of petrol. After I was out (bowled through the gate by
Mentally tough: Kiran More, who dropped Graham Gooch on 36, looks on as the England captain makes his way towards 333 before he was bowled by Manoj Prabhakar (right). In recent years, Gooch (left) has been a batting coach
‘Once they put us in, they never looked like getting any wickets ... so we just put our feet up and enjoyed the Lord’s hospitality’