West Indies have always been a nation that has produced quality batsmen, all-rounders and fast bowlers. The Caribbean nation dominated the sport for several years, for the most part of the 1990s. In their prime, no team could ever pose a serious threat to them, which clearly tells how they were as a team.
West Indies were well and truly a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Test cricket. They were one of the few teams that were able to figure out a way to come out on top much to the opposition’s annoyance.
So far in the history of West Indies cricket, only two batsmen were able to smash two triple centuries in the longest format of the game. Let’s learn about the two batsmen below.
1. Brian Charles Lara
Brian Lara is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. The former West Indies captain has well and truly dictated the terms both in Tests and ODIs. He carved out a reputation for himself as the best batter in the history of West Indies cricket.
Brian Lara finished his career as the leading run-scorer for West Indies in both Tests and ODIs. Lara is one of the two West Indies batsmen who score 2 triple tons in Tests. He is the only man in the history of Test cricket to score 400* in 2004 and he achieved the feat against England. He scored 375 against England in 1994. Lara scored 11,953 runs at an average of 52.89 including 34 centuries, 9 double centuries and 48 fifties.
2. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most destructive batters to have played Twenty20 cricket. He has been impeccable in ODIs and has been pretty decent in Test cricket. He is the other West Indies batsman to score two triple centuries in Test cricket.
Gayle scored his first triple-century against South Africa as he ended up scoring 317 in 2005. The Universe Boss scored his second triple-century against Sri Lanka in 2011 where he ended up scoring 333. Overall, Gayle scored 7214 runs at an average of 42.2 including 15 centuries, 37 fifties and 3 double tons.