It might be stretching a point to suggest that without a crucial intervention from Dominic Ostler, Brian Lara would never have made his world record 501.
However, the fact remains that if Ostler had not made an early exit in Warwickshire's first innings against Durham at Edgbaston 14 years ago, Lara might have been hard pressed to rewrite the record books.
"I made a very good eight and then gave up my wicket to give Lara a chance," laughs Ostler, 38, now manager of the Berkswell and Balsall Common Sports Association in the West Midlands. "Or that's how I like to remember it anyway!"
Yet while Ostler's contribution to Warwickshire's massive total of 810 for four declared could justifiably be described as insignificant, the same could not be said of his role in the county's success story of the 1990s.
After making his debut as a 19-year-old in 1990, the Solihull-born batsman plundered more than 6,500 runs in the next six seasons, topping 1,000 four times as Warwickshire lifted two Championships and four one-day trophies.
It was a performance that earned him an international call-up but after touring Pakistan with England A in 1995-96, Ostler went through a lean spell and it was not until 2000 that he achieved the fifth of his six 1,000 runs in a season.
"I probably under-achieved a bit," says Ostler, who nevertheless racked up 10,856 first-class runs, with 16 centuries. "But playing for that Warwickshire side was not about individual performances.
"Of course, we had great overseas players like Lara and Allan Donald to learn from but it was very much a team effort.
"People weren't just looking at how many runs you scored. We all knew that an important 30 under difficult conditions could be far more significant than a century on an easy pitch."
Inevitably, perhaps, Ostler looks back at 1994, when Warwickshire won the Championship, the Benson & Hedges Cup and the Sunday League and were beaten finalists in the NatWest Trophy, as the highlight of his career.
"I had 15 great years," says Ostler, who played in 275 one-day games for the county, scoring over 7,000 runs with three centuries.
"Of course there were ups and downs but most of the time was a wonderful experience. And to be part of the 1994 side was fantastic.
"I'm convinced we would have won all four competitions but for the toss of a coin. The side bowling first at a Lord's final in September had a massive advantage... and Worcester won the toss."
Ostler returned to Lord's to collect his second NatWest winners medal the following year and went on to help Warwickshire clinch the Sunday League in 1997, eventually leaving the first-class game in 2004.
He is, however, still strutting his stuff - and catching pigeons at first slip - as captain of Berkswell in the second division of the Birmingham League.
"The body isn't what it used to be but I can manage one game a week and I still enjoy it. Some ex-first-class players get a bit frustrated at the standard of wickets and so on but you just have to get on with it.
"We have a nice set-up here. We've staged a few county representative games in various age groups and as well as cricket, we have tennis, hockey, sailing, football and good clubhouse facilities.
"It's down to me to pull everything together but things seem to be moving in the right direction."