Brian Lara (West Indian Cricketer)

Brian Lara (West Indian Cricketer)

 Introduction

Brian Charles Lara,the legendary opening batsman for West Indies who dominated the world bowlers in 90s and in the current millennium.Lara is ranked among the top ten greatest cricketers of all time along with Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Don Bradman. He.He held both test match and ODI records for years. His individual score of 400 is still unbroken in the test match against England. He made hundred, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century for West Indies and is the only batsman in the world to do it.He scored 34 centuries in ODIs joining Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar amd Jack Kallis. He also scored the record of highest runs in a single over, 28 runs against South Africa.Lara is also the BBC personality of the year among Shane Warne and Sir Garfield Sobers.

Cricket Career & Retirement

Lara was born in 1969 known in West Indies as the “Prince of Port of Spain. Brian has 10 siblings. His parents sent him to Fatima College where he learned cricket and in 1987, he amazed the world by breaking the record of Carl Hooper of 480 in a year by scoring 498 runs. He made his test debut against Pakistan in 1990. He started well and in 1993, he scored 277 runs against Australia and turned the series around. He scored 375 against England in 1994.

West Indian performance started to go down slowly after the retirement of Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh. Lara gave team a strong batting support while the new bowlers never matched the performance of the old legends. Lara became the “Man of the Series” in Australia batting with an average of 46.5. Lara served as the captain of the team many times during his career. In 2003 tour of Australia, he was again captain. In September 2004 West Indies won the ICC Champion’s Trophy in England.In 2006, Lara also was promoted as the captain of the team again, but only won one test match for West Indies out of 14 they played.

In 2006, he completed 10,000 runs in the ODI cricket which made him the first player for west Indies to achieve that record. Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to achieve that mark in the ODIs with Lara. On April 10 2007, Lara confirmed his retirement from the international cricket ODI after the completion of 2007 World Cup. Then he also confirmed his retirement from test matches as well. His last match internationally was against England on 21st April 2007, where he was unluckily run out for 18.

Later on he played some matches for Indian Cricket league was the former captain of Mumbai Champs. He also played for Trinidad in 2008 domestically.There he did not fail to please his fan by scoring a smashing hundred.In 2013 he appeared in Bangladesh Premier League.

Lara Foundation and Lara  Stadium

He made his Pearl and Bunty Lara foundation in the memory of his beloved parents. It serves as a charitable organization. He is the sports Ambassador for Trinidad and also received a doctorate from the University of Sheffield in January 2007. Lara takes active part in lots of social and helping activities in the world and also love to play golf in his spare time. Currently he is the father of two girls. His parents died both when he was still playing international cricket.

Brian Lara Stadium is the modern cricket stadium in Tarouba which is near the completion. It will have the capacity of 150,000 spectators who will be able to enjoy cricket with latest facilities. The stadium is expected to earn a lot of revenue and also host the World Cup matches in the future as well. Completion date was supposed to be 2008 but it demands a lot more cost than $500 initially spent on it. This stadium will also serve the purpose of training cricketers. He is likely to remain in the list of top all time greatest cricketers of all times in the future as well.

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