One of the greatest batsman that world has seen , and West Indies has produced , he is “BRIAN LARA”. His full name is Brian Charles Lara. Brian is known as one of the best batsman in cricket history.
Glenn Mcgrath of Australia , once acknowledged that Brian Lara is the best batsman he has ever bowled to. Lara holds numerous world records with his name that are not only difficult to see , but looks impossible to achieve.
He is the only batsman to score a quintuple century in First Class Cricket , with a score of 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994.
Brian Lara was at the top of the test batsman ranking at number of times during his career. He also has the record with his name of the highest individual score in a International Test innings of 400 not out , that he scored against England in 2004 at Antigua.
Brian Charles Lara was born of 2nd May 1969 in Santa Cruz , Trinidad and Tobago. He is popularly nicknamed as the “Prince of Port of Spain“. For Trinidad and Tobago , Lara became the youngest captain at the age of 20 in 1990 , to lead them to victory in One Day Geddes Grant Shield.
The same year he was selected to debut for West Indies in Test Cricket against Pakistan , and for ODI a month later against the same opponent.
Brian Lara scored his first Test century against Australia , when he made 277 at Sydney Cricket Ground in 1993. After scoring his maiden century , that he converted to double century , Lara named his daughter , Sydney.
Brian Lara World Records :
- He is the only player to score a century , a double century , a triple century , a quadruple century and a quintuple century in his cricket career.
- Brian is the joint highest run scorer in 1 over of a Test (2nd is George Bailey of Australia), when he thrashed Robin Peterson of South Africa for 28 runs in 2003 in a single over.
- He is the 3rd highest double century maker , after Don Bradman and Kumar Sangakkara.
- Lara is one of the only 4 players in the Cricket history to score 2 Triple International centuries.(Other are Don Bradman , Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle).
- On 26th November 2005 , he became the highest run scorer in Test Cricket. The record later surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar.
- 5th Joint (with Sunil Gavaskar) Highest No. of centuries in Test Cricket : 34
- On 21st November 2006 , he scored the 7th fastest test century against Pakistan in 77 balls.
- Lara scored (221 out of 390 and 130 out of 262) in a Test , becoming to score highest proportion of his total team runs (53.83%).
- In Test Cricket , he has a record of scoring the highest runs on a losing side : 351
- Brian is the 8th highest non-wicketkeeper catch-taker with 164 catches.
- He is one of the batsman to score a century against all Test Playing nations.
Honours and Awards :
- Lara’s innings of 153 not out against Australia in Barbados in 1999 is rated as the 2nd best batting performance by Wisden in Cricket Test history.
- In 1994 and 1995 , Brian Lara was awarded as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World.
- He is the 1st West Indian and only the 3rd Cricketer in the World to receive BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.
- He was inducted to ICC Hall of Fame in 2012.
After entertaining the World of Cricket for 17 years , Brian Lara played his last ODI match on 21st April 2007 against England in World Cup , and retired from all forms of International Cricket.
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