Brian Lara is a former West Indies International Cricketer. He is a Left-handed batsman and right -arm bowler. He is most famous for his highest individual scores of 501 runs in first-class cricket and 400 runs against England in 2004.
Brian Lara is from the hometown of Santa Cruz, Trinidad, Tobago. From the early age of 14, Brain Lara started playing cricket. At the age 16, he scored 745 runs in school league which amazed everyone including his coach. This performance helped Lara to get selected in the under-16 team. On the continuous play, he got chosen in under-19 squad.
In the under-19 games, Brian Lara always showed his best performance in most of the innings. He got his breakthrough by breaking the record of Carl Hooper with 498 runs in Youth Championships.
Later as a captain for under-23s, he scored a remarkable run of about 182. He continued the excellent batting style in the domestic matches.
Brian Lara played the first international Test match and ODI match against the Pakistan team.
Brian Lara scored the first test maiden century against in Sydney against Australia.
Lara holds many individual high scores. List of scores
1. Top score of 400 runs against the Australian team.
2. 375 runs against England team.
2.182 runs against the Indian team.
3.145 runs against Zimbabwe team.
In many of the games, Brian Lara scored a huge run helped the West Indies team for victory. Many of the records of Brian Lara are still unbroken.
In his batting career, Lara has played 131 Test matches and 299 ODI matches, having a high score of 400 in test and 169 in ODI game.
Before starting his international career, he captained the under-23 team and made several wins. On a match against Australia, Lara supported the team for a win by scoring 182 runs.
Later, as a captain for West Indies team-B, Lara had victory match against Pakistan.
In the international matches, Lara played as captain from 1998-1999. In the subsequent games, West Indies lost the series against South Africa and made a draw with Australia.
Brian Lara once again made captain 2003 which Lara showed a good performance by making victory against the Australian team. Also, earned a massive win in the Test series against Sri Lanka.
Later in 2004 Lara as captain, West Indies won the ICC Champions by beating England.
Brian Lara lost his captaincy in 2005 for some sponsorship issue, in which many players have excluded but later resolved.
Once again, Brian Lara reappointed as captain in 2006 April on leaving of Shivnarine Chanderpaul. He made a very successful captaincy by winning the series against Zimbabwe, DLF cup against Australia and ICC Champions Trophy.
Also, Brian Lara is the first Cricket player to cross 10,000 runs in ODI game.
Brian Lara announced his retirement in all international matches on April 2007. Later, he played few games in Indian Cricket League, Bangladesh Premier League and also in domestic events.
- First Player to score Five centuries in eight matches under First-class cricket.
- Lara has the Biggest single test score as a captain.
- An all-time leading run scorer in test cricket
- scoring most runs in a single over
Brian Lara has received
- Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World award.
- ICC’s Hall of Fame
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality award.