Highest individual score in a Test at Lord’s
Prabhakar), Micky [Stewart, the team manager] gave me a mild b------ing. He told me: “What did you get out for? You should have got the record!” (The highest Test score was then Sir Garry Sobers’s 365, one ahead of Len Hutton’s England record of 364.)
We made 650-odd but it was not easy when we came to bowl. Azharuddin played one of the best innings I have seen – a stunning hundred off 80-odd balls. He was the second-best player I ever bowled at after Brian Lara. If you put it on off stump, he would hit you through midwicket. Then, if you bowled three inches wider, he’d slap you through backward point.
I was feeling good right from the first ball. After the  tour to Pakistan, I had changed my grip and decided to bat more aggressively. You can say it was a once-in-a-lifetime knock for me. I was under pressure for having put England in. So, I had to make amends and prove a point. I actually found Fraser easy to handle because he made you play every ball. I like bowlers who make you play every ball. You had to watch out, though, because he was so accurate. He bowled a splendid line, close to the wicket, slight movement. He troubled the batsmen right through the series. I think he was the difference.
Since you ask, yes, I did nip in with a wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar, caught behind for 18). I hope the poor guy didn’t take it too hard! But the attack was built around Gus. He liked to give it the old teapot, moaning away, but he was at his peak around that
Graham Gooch – England v India, 1990
Graeme Smith – South Africa v England, 2003
Don Bradman – Australia v England, 1930
Wally Hammond – England v Australia, 1938
Jonathan Trott – England v Bangladesh, 2010 time. I thought I had caught Kapil [Dev] off him at second slip, straight in. Unfortunately, there were no replays in those days. You had to wait for the umpire’s decision, and when Nigel Plews asked Dickie Bird – who was at square leg – Dickie said: “I can’t help you, Nigel.” Then what happened was Kapil hit Eddie Hemmings for four sixes in four balls, all into the building site at the Nursery End, to save the follow-on. It was all the more frustrating because, as soon as we got Kapil off strike, Gus finished the innings with the next ball.
Honestly, had it been five wickets in hand I would not have tried. We were the last pair and I had no choice but to hit. The follow-on was staring at us. The first two sixes I did plan, but the third and fourth happened because of the flow. I could do that because I thought I was in good nick. I kept telling Hiru [Narendra Hirwani]: “Let us do it in singles,” only to mislead the bowlers! I waited and grabbed the chance when it became desperate.
I was not a happy bunny. I went back out to the wicket with impetus, spitting feathers. When you have a sniff of a chance, you have to drive it home. I was brought up with Mike Brearley and Keith Fletcher. In county cricket, you cannot get points sitting in the pavilion.
‘Gooch was the best opener I have played against. Never heard him speak at the crease. He would just bat and bat and bat’
Gooch was not the batsman who would get bogged down. He loved to stay positive. He had got a hundred against us on a seaming pitch in 1986 (114 at Lord’s). It was as good as any. Gooch was the best opener I