Brian Lara

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Brian Lara
Brian Lara at 2012 Mumbai Marathon pre bash.jpg
Lara in 2012
Personal information
Full nameBrian Charles Lara
Born (1969-05-02) 2 May 1969 (age 52)
Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingRight-arm leg break
Role Batsman
Relations Darren Bravo (nephew)
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  196)6 December 1990 v  Pakistan
Last Test27 November 2006 v  Pakistan
ODI debut(cap  59)9 November 1990 v  Pakistan
Last ODI21 April 2007 v  England
ODI shirt no.9
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1987–2008 Trinidad and Tobago
1992–1993 Transvaal
1994–1998 Warwickshire
2010 Southern Rocks
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches131299261429
Runs scored11,95310,40522,15614,602
Batting average 52.8840.4851.8839.67
100s/50s34/4819/6365/8827/86
Top score400* 169501* 169
Balls bowled6049514130
Wickets 445
Bowling average 15.25104.0029.80
5 wickets in innings 000
10 wickets in match000
Best bowling2/51/12/5
Catches/stumpings 164/–120/–320/–177/–
Source: CricInfo, 4 February 2012

Brian Charles Lara, TC, OCC, AM (born 2 May 1969) is a Trinidadian former international cricketer, [1] [2] widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. [3] [4] [5] He topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, [6] which is the only quintuple-hundred in first-class cricket history. [7]

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Lara also holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. [8] Lara also shares the record of scoring the highest number of runs in a single over in a Test match when he scored 28 runs off an over by Robin Peterson of South Africa in 2003 (matched in 2013 by Australia's George Bailey and in 2020 by South Africa's Keshav Maharaj). [9]

Lara's match-winning performance of 153 not out against Australia in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1999 has been rated by Wisden as the second-best batting performance in the history of Test cricket, next only to the 270 runs scored by Sir Donald Bradman in The Ashes Test match of 1937. [10] Muttiah Muralitharan, rated as the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack , [11] and the highest wicket-taker in both Test cricket [12] and in One Day Internationals (ODIs), [13] has hailed Lara as his toughest opponent among all batsmen in the world. [14] Lara was awarded the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World awards in 1994 and 1995 [15] and is also one of only three cricketers to receive the prestigious BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, the other two being Sir Garfield Sobers and Shane Warne. [16]

Brian Lara was appointed honorary member of the Order of Australia on 27 November 2009. [17] On 14 September 2012 he was inducted to the ICC's Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony held in Colombo, Sri Lanka as a 2012–13 season inductee along with Australians Glenn McGrath and former England women all-rounder Enid Bakewell. [18] [19] In 2013, Lara received Honorary Life Membership of the MCC becoming the 31st West Indian to receive the honor. [20]

Brian Lara is popularly nicknamed as "The Prince of Port of Spain" or simply "The Prince". [21] He has the dubious distinction of playing in the second-highest number of test matches (63) in which his team was on the losing side, just behind Shivnarine Chanderpaul (68). [22]

Early life

Brian is one of eleven siblings. His father Bunty and one of his older sisters Agnes Cyrus enrolled him in the local Harvard Coaching Clinic at the age of six for weekly coaching sessions on Sundays. As a result, Lara had a very early education in correct batting technique. Lara's first school was St. Joseph's Roman Catholic primary. He then went to San Juan Secondary School, which is located on Moreau Road, Lower Santa Cruz. A year later, at fourteen years old, he moved on to Fatima College where he started his development as a promising young player under cricket coach Harry Ramdass. Aged 14, he amassed 745 runs in the schoolboys' league, with an average of 126.16 per innings, which earned him selection for the Trinidad national under-16 team. When he was 15 years old, he played in his first West Indian under-19 youth tournament and that same year, Lara represented West Indies in Under-19 cricket.

Cricket career

Early first-class career

Lara batting for Warwickshire in 1994 Brian Lara (4610977063).jpg
Lara batting for Warwickshire in 1994

1987 was a breakthrough year for Lara, when in the West Indies Youth Championships he scored 498 runs breaking the record of 480 by Carl Hooper set the previous year. [23] He captained the tournament-winning Trinidad and Tobago, who profited from a match-winning 116 from Lara.

In January 1988, Lara made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago in the Red Stripe Cup against Leeward Islands. [24] In his second first-class match he made 92 against a Barbados attack containing Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall, two greats of West Indies teams. [24] Later in the same year, he captained the West Indies team in Australia for the Bicentennial Youth World Cup where the West Indies reached the semi-finals. Later that year, his innings of 182 as captain of the West Indies Under-23s against the touring Indian team further elevated his reputation.

His first selection for the full West Indies team followed in due course, but unfortunately coincided with the death of his father and Lara withdrew from the team. In 1989, he captained a West Indies B Team in Zimbabwe and scored 145.

In 1990, at the age of 20, Lara became Trinidad and Tobago's youngest-ever captain, leading them that season to victory in the one-day Geddes Grant Shield. It was also in 1990 that he made his belated Test debut for West Indies against Pakistan, scoring 44 and 5. He had made his ODI debut a month earlier against Pakistan, scoring 11.

International career

In January 1993, Lara scored 277 versus Australia in Sydney. This, his maiden Test century in his fifth Test, was the turning point of the series as West Indies won the final two Tests to win the series 2–1. Lara went on to name his daughter Sydney after scoring 277 at SCG.

Lara's results in international matches [25]
 MatchesWonLostDrawnTiedNo result
Test [26] 1313263360
ODI [27] 299139144313

Lara holds several world records for high scoring. He has the highest individual score in both first-class cricket (501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994) and Test cricket (400 not out for the West Indies against England in 2004). Lara amassed his world record 501 in 474 minutes off only 427 balls. He hit 308 in boundaries (10 sixes and 62 fours). His partners were Roger Twose (115 partnership – 2nd wicket), Trevor Penney (314 – 3rd), Paul Smith (51 – 4th) and Keith Piper (322 unbroken – 5th). Earlier in that season Lara scored six centuries in seven innings while playing for Warwickshire.

Brian Lara batting for the West Indies against India at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, in 2002 BrianLaraUkexpatCropped.jpg
Brian Lara batting for the West Indies against India at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, in 2002

He is the only man to have reclaimed the Test record score, having scored 375 against England in 1994, a record that stood until Matthew Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003. His 400 not out also made him the second player (after Donald Bradman) to score two Test triple-centuries, and the second (after Bill Ponsford) to score two first-class quadruple-centuries. He has scored nine double-centuries in Test cricket, third after Bradman's twelve and Kumar Sangakkara's eleven. As a captain, he scored five double-centuries, which is the highest by any one who is in charge. In 1995 Lara in the Test match away series against England, scored 3 hundreds in three consecutive Matches which earned him the Man of the Series award. The Test Series was eventually drawn 2–2. He also held the record for the highest total number of runs in a Test career, after overtaking Allan Border in an innings of 226 played at Adelaide Oval, Australia in November 2005. This was later broken by Sachin Tendulkar of India on 17 October 2008 whilst playing against Australia at Mohali in the 2nd Test of the Border–Gavaskar Trophy 2008.

Lara captained the West Indies from 1998 to 1999, when West Indies suffered their first whitewash at the hands of South Africa. Following this they played Australia in a four-Test series which was drawn 2–2, with Lara scoring 546 runs including three centuries and one double hundred. In the second Test at Kingston he scored 213 while in the third Test he scored 153* in the second innings as West Indies chased down 311 with one wicket left. He won the Man of the Match award for both matches and was also named Man of the Series.

The Wisden 100 rates Lara's 153 not out against Australia in Bridgetown in 1998–99 as the second-best innings ever after Sir Donald Bradman's 270 against England in Melbourne in 1936–37.

In 2001 Lara was named the Man of the Carlton Series in Australia with an average of 46.50, the highest average by a West Indian in that series, scoring two half centuries and one century, 116 against Australia. That same year Lara amassed 688 runs in the three match away Test series against Sri Lanka making three centuries, and one fifty—including the double-century and a century in the first and second innings of the 3rd Test match at the Sinhalese Sports Ground, equating to 42% of the team's runs in that series. These extraordinary performances led Muttiah Muralitharan to state that Lara was the most dangerous batsman he had ever bowled to. [28]

Lara was reappointed as captain against the touring Australians in 2003, and struck 110 in his first Test match back in charge, showing a return to stellar performance. Later that season, under his captaincy, West Indies won the two match Test series against Sri Lanka 1–0 with Lara making a double-century in the First Test. In September 2004, West Indies won the ICC Champions Trophy in England under his captaincy. For his performances in 2004, he was named both in the World Test XI and ODI XI by ICC. [29]

In March 2005, Lara declined selection for the West Indies team because of a dispute over his personal Cable & Wireless sponsorship deal, which clashed with the Cricket Board's main sponsor, Digicel. Six other players were involved in this dispute, including stars Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo. Lara said he declined selection in a stand of solidarity, when these players were dropped because of their sponsorship deals. [30] The issue was resolved after the first Test of the series against the touring South African team.

Lara returned to the team for the second Test (and scored a huge first innings score of 196), but in the process lost his captaincy indefinitely to the newly appointed Shivnarine Chanderpaul. In the next Test, against the same opponents, he scored a 176 in the first innings. After a one-day series against South Africa, he scored his first Test century against the visiting Pakistanis in the first Test at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados which the West Indies eventually won.

Lara during his lap of honour in his final international match, 2007 Cricket World Cup Brian Lara lap of honour.jpg
Lara during his lap of honour in his final international match, 2007 Cricket World Cup

For his performances in 2005, he was named in the World Test XI by ICC. [31] [ circular reference ]

On 26 April 2006 Lara was reappointed the captain of the West Indies cricket team for the third time. This followed the resignation of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who had been captain for thirteen months—in which the West Indies won just one of the 14 Test matches they had competed. In May 2006, Lara led the West Indies to successful One-Day series victories against Zimbabwe and India. Lara's team played Australia in the finals of the DLF Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy where they finished runners up in both finals.

On 16 December 2006 he became the first player for the West Indies to pass 10,000 One Day International runs, [32] and, along with Sachin Tendulkar, one of only two players, at the time, to do so in both forms of the game. On 10 April 2007 Lara confirmed his retirement from one-day cricket post the 2007 Cricket World Cup. [33] A few days later he announced that he would in fact be retiring from all international cricket after the tournament. [34]

Lara played his final international game on 21 April 2007 in a dead rubber World Cup game against England. He was run out for 18 after a mix-up with Marlon Samuels; England won the game by 1 wicket. Before the end of this World Cup Glenn McGrath stated that Lara is the greatest batsman that he has ever bowled to. [35]

Retirement

On 19 April 2007 Lara announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, indicating that the West Indies vs England match on 21 April 2007 would be his last international appearance. [36] He was run out after a bad mixup with Marlon Samuels for 18, as England went on to win the match by one wicket. [37]

He announced before the 2007 Cricket World Cup that this would be his last appearance in One Day Internationals. After his last match, in the post-game presentation interview, he asked the fans, "Did I entertain?", to which he received a resounding cheer from the crowd, [38] after which he went out and took his 'lap of honour' where he met and shook hands with many of the fans. Lara stated this would be his last appearance in international cricket, he has also indicated his interest in retaining some involvement in the sport.

On 23 July 2007 Lara agreed to sign for the Indian Cricket League. [39] He is the former captain of the Mumbai Champs. He volunteered to play for his home team Trinidad during the start of 2008 domestic season. He had not played for Trinidad for the last two years. He made his comeback a memorable one with a match winning hundred over Guyana, followed by a dismissive undefeated half-century in the second innings, scored at over two runs per ball. In the third-round game (Trinidad got a bye in the second round).

Lara suffered a fractured arm against the Leeward Islands in St Maarten on 19 January, which kept him out of the ICL season. He nevertheless affirmed his commitment to returning to Twenty20 cricket, [40] and on 27 June 2010 appeared for the Marylebone Cricket Club match against a touring Pakistan team, scoring 37 from 32 balls. [41]

In 2012, Lara became involved with the Bangladesh Premier League team Chittagong Kings as their brand ambassador. [42]

On the occasion of bicentennial anniversary of Lord's ground he played for the team of MCC, under the leadership of Sachin Tendulkar against the Rest of World XI in a 50 over game.[ citation needed ]

2010 return

Brian Lara batting in Bicentenary Celebration match (2014) Brian Lara, Lord's Bicentenary Anniversary Match (2014) 04.jpg
Brian Lara batting in Bicentenary Celebration match (2014)

After negotiations between Surrey and Lara for the 2010 Friends Provident t20 failed to come to anything, [43] Lara declared that he still wanted to sign a contract to play Twenty20 cricket. [44] Late in the year he joined Southern Rocks, a Zimbabwean side, to compete in the 2010–11 Stanbic Bank 20 Series. [45] On his debut for the Rocks, and his first-ever Twenty20 match, [1] he scored a half-century, top-scoring for the Rocks with 65. [46] He added 34 runs in his next two innings, but then left the competition, citing "commitments elsewhere". [47]

After expressing his interest to play in the 2011 fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), [48] and despite not having played active cricket for four years, Brian Lara still managed to attract the highest reserve price of $400,000 ahead of the IPL players' auction in early January 2011; [49] [50] however, no franchise bought him.

In July 2014, he played for the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's. [51]

On 18 November 2016, Brian Lara signed with Newcastle C&S D5's side The Bennett Hotel Centurions. [52]

Personal life

Barack Obama and Lara during the US President's tour of Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. Obama had asked to meet Lara, whom he described as the "Michael Jordan of cricket". Barack Obama & Brian Lara in Port of Spain 4-19-09 (cropped).JPG
Barack Obama and Lara during the US President's tour of Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. Obama had asked to meet Lara, whom he described as the "Michael Jordan of cricket".

Lara is the father of a daughter called Sydney (born 1996) whom he fathered with Trinidadian journalist and model Leasel Rovedas. Sydney was named as a tribute to one of Lara's favourite grounds, the Sydney Cricket Ground, where Lara scored his first Test century—the highly acclaimed 277 in the 1992–93 season. In late 2010, Lara and Rovedas welcomed another daughter, Tyla. [54] Lara has dated former Durham County Cricket Club receptionist and British lingerie model Lynnsey Ward. [55]

His father died in 1989 of a heart attack and his mother died in 2002 of cancer. [56]

In 2009, Lara was made an honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to West Indian and Australian cricket. [57]

The Brian Lara Stadium opened in 2017 was named in his honour in Trinidad and Tobago. [58]

Philanthropy

Lara has established the Pearl and Bunty Lara Foundation, which is a charitable organisation in memory of his parents that aims to address health and social care issues. He is an Ambassador for Sport of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and travels on a diplomatic passport to promote his country throughout the world. [59] Brian Lara received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield on Wednesday 10 January 2007. The ceremony took place at the Trinidad Hilton, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. [59]

On 7 September 2008 he took part in Soccer Aid 2008, and on 6 June 2010 in Soccer Aid 2010, playing for the Rest of the World vs a team of England celebrities and ex-pros.[ citation needed ] Lara was also a talented football player in his youth and often played with his close friends Dwight Yorke, Shaka Hislop and Russell Latapy while growing up together in Trinidad.[ citation needed ] Yorke, Hislop and Latapy would go on to play for Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[ citation needed ]

Brian Lara is also a golf player. He has participated in golfing tournaments throughout the Caribbean region and has won titles. [60] In September 2009, Lara was inducted as an honorary lifetime member of the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. [61] He wrote an autobiography Beating the Field: My Own Story co-written with Brian Scovell.

Records

Brian Lara's career performance graph Brian Lara Graph.png
Brian Lara's career performance graph

ICC Hall of Fame

Lara was inducted into ICC Hall of Fame in January 2012. [19]

See also

Notes and references

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Courtney Walsh
West Indies Test cricket captains
1996/97–1999/2000
Succeeded by
Jimmy Adams
Preceded by
Carl Hooper
West Indies Test cricket captains
2002/2003–2004
Succeeded by
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Preceded by
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
West Indies Test cricket captains
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Ramnaresh Sarwan
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Garfield Sobers
World Record – Highest individual score in Test cricket
375 vs England at St John's 1993–94
Succeeded by
Matthew Hayden
Preceded by
Matthew Hayden
World Record – Highest individual score in Test cricket
400 not out vs England at St John's 2003–04
Current holder
Preceded by
Hanif Mohammad
Highest individual score in first-class cricket
501 not out Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham 1994
Current holder

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a Guyanese cricketer of Indian descent and former West Indian international cricketer and captain of the West Indies cricket team. Considered as one of the greatest batsmen of his era, Chanderpaul is the first Indo-Caribbean to play 100 Tests for the West Indies.

Desmond Haynes Barbadian former cricketer

Desmond Leo Haynes is a former Barbadian cricketer and cricket coach who played for the West Indies cricket team between 1978 and 1994.

Daren Ganga is a Trinidadian former cricketer. He was a right-handed top order batsman and part-time right-arm offbreak bowler. After debuting as a 19-year-old he has found himself in and out of the West Indian cricket team, playing regularly for and at times captaining the West Indies A side when he was not selected. After being named the 2006 West Indies Players' Association 'Test player of the year', Ganga had for the first time in his career cemented his spot in the side and when captain Ramnaresh Sarwan injured his shoulder in the second Test of their 2007 tour of England, the West Indies Cricket Board turned to Ganga to captain the side for the remainder of the series. Ganga has previously had a chance to hone his leadership from captaining the Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies Under-23 teams. He can also bowl off spin but he is mainly a batsman.

Clifford Roach West Indian cricketer

Clifford Archibald Roach was a West Indian cricketer who played in West Indies' first Test match in 1928. Two years later, he scored the West Indies' first century in Test matches, followed two matches later by the team's first double century. Roach played for Trinidad, but before having any great success at first-class level, he was chosen to tour England with a West Indies team in 1928 and scored over 1,000 runs. When England played in the West Indies in 1930, he recorded his ground-breaking centuries but had intermittent success at Test level afterwards. He toured Australia in 1930–31 and returned to England in 1933, when he once more passed 1,000 runs, but was dropped from the team in 1935. Within three years, he lost his place in the Trinidad team. Roach was generally inconsistent, but batted in an attacking and attractive style. Outside of cricket, he worked as a solicitor. Later in his life, he suffered from diabetes which necessitated the amputation of both his legs.

Darren Michael Bravo is a West Indian cricketer who plays domestic cricket for Trinidad and Tobago and international cricket for the West Indies. A left-handed batsman, his batting style has drawn comparisons with Brian Lara. Bravo is the younger half brother of fellow West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo and his mother is the first cousin of former cricketer Brian Lara.

Virender Sehwag Retired Indian cricketer (b. 1978)

Virender Sehwagpronunciation  is a former Indian cricketer. Widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time, Sehwag played as an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and also bowled part-time right-arm off-spin. He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian test side in 2001. In April 2009, Sehwag became the first Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009. He is the former Occasional captain of India, former Vice-Captain of India, former captain of Delhi Daredevils and former captain of Delhi Ranji Team.

George Headley West Indian cricketer

George Alphonso Headley OD, MBE was a West Indian cricketer who played 22 Test matches, mostly before the Second World War. Considered one of the best batsmen to play for the West Indies and one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Headley also represented Jamaica and played professional club cricket in England. West Indies had a weak cricket team through most of Headley's playing career; as their one world-class player, he carried a heavy responsibility and the side depended on his batting. He batted at number three, scoring 2,190 runs in Tests at an average of 60.83, and 9,921 runs in all first-class matches at an average of 69.86. He was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1934.