Brian Lara: West Indian batting superstar

Brian Lara: Cricket's double world-record holder
Brian Lara: Cricket's double world-record holder

Full name: Brian Charles Lara

Date of Birth: May 2 1969

Place of birth: Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago

Major teams: West Indies, ICC World XI, Trinidad and Tobago, Warwickshire, Northern Transvaal, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Mumbai Champs, Southern Rocks

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

  • Highest individual score in a Test innings
  • Highest individual score in a First-class innings

Brian Lara plays a pull shot through the onside
Brian Lara plays a pull shot through the onside

Profile

Brian Lara was one of the best batsmen of his generation. The stylish Trinidadian left-handed batsman was usually compared to Indian great Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar was the consistent run machine, while Lara was the flashy strokemaker who could create mountainous individual scores.

The "Prince of Port of Spain" was able to cut a ball on off-stump and had signature drives as well. He was comfortable playing on the offside and onside as well as playing off the back and front foot. Top Test wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan described Brian Lara as the most difficult batsman to bowl to. Lara was, arguably, the best West Indian player of spin bowling.

BRIAN LARA: CRICKET'S TROUBLED GENIUS
BRIAN LARA: CRICKET'S TROUBLED GENIUS

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Test world records

Brian Lara was the only Test cricketer to reclaim the record for the highest individual score. In April 1994, he overtook Sir Garry Sober's 365* when he scored 375 against England at the Antigua Recreation Ground. In 2003, Australian Matthew Hayden eclipsed Lara's mark with 380. Lara was set on reclaiming his record. Nearly exactly a decade later, in April 2004 he did so against England at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

 

Batting records

Match type 
Matches 
 Runs
Highest Score
Average
Strike Rate
100s
50s
Test 
131 
11953 
400*
52.88
60.51
34
48
ODI 
299 
10405 
169
40.48
79.51
19
63
First-class
261
22156
501*
51.88
--- 
65
88
List A
429
14602
169
39.67
--- 
27
86
Twenty20 
99 
65
33.00
115.11
0
1
Source: Cricinfo

Brian Lara hammering Robin Peterson for 28 runs in an over

Notable accolades

  • First batsman to score 400 runs in a Test innings
  • World record 28 in an Test over
  • Nine Test-match double centuries
  • First man to score seven centuries in eight First-class innings
  • Scored centuries against all Test-playing countries
  • Most ODI and Test runs by a West Indian
  • Highest number of Test centuries by a West Indians
  • Second in Wisden's Top 100 Test innings list for his match-winning 153 not out against Australia at Barbados in 1999

Lara commenting on Warne and Muralitharan

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cheetah786 4 years ago

lara was a best test cricketer.. stylish shots that no other batsman can play,..

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