Brian Charles Lara is one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket and is a retired record breaking cricketer. This left-handed batsman and a right-arm spin bowler is a higher middle order batsman. On many occasions he has been a topper in the Test batting rankings and a holder of two most important world records in Test cricket – an all time leading run scorer and the highest individual innings.

In the West Indies youth championship in 1987, he beat the record of 480 runs set by Carl Hooper by scoring 498 runs. In this tournament he was the captain of the Trinidad and Tobago team which finally won this tournament, as Lara scored a matchwinning 116 runs.

When Lara was 20 in 1990 he was the youngest ever skipper of Trinidad and Tobago. In the one day Geddes Grant Shield he led this team to victory. In the 1992 World Cup, Lara made his debut appearance and had a highest score of 88 retired hurt and an overall average of 47.57. In his fifth Test which was against Australia in Sydney in January 1993, he scored 277 runs which was his maiden Test century. This innings proved to be the turning point of the series as the final two Tests were won by the West Indies and the series was won by the West Indies by a score of 2-1.

Role Batsman
Born 2 May 1969
Nationality Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
Nickname The Prince
Team History
The Bennett Hotel Centurions 2016
Southern Rocks Southern Rocks 2010
Trinidad and Tobago national cricket team 1987 - 2008
West Indies national women's cricket team West Indies national women's 1990 - 2007
Warwickshire County Cricket Club Warwickshire County 1994 - 1998
Northern Transvaal cricket team 1992 - 1993

In the Test series against England in 1995 Lara was given the Man of the Series award as he scored three centuries in three consecutive matches. He has scored the highest total number of runs in Test cricket history and overtook Allan Border in November 2005 at the Adelaide Oval Ground in Australia when he scored 226 runs.

On April 26, 2006 Lara was appointed the captain of the West Indies cricket team for the third time. 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 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.

Career Highlights

Lara has the highest individual score in both first-class cricket and Test cricket.

As Lara had an average of 46.50, he was named as Man of the Carlton Series in Australia in 2001.

Lara is the only West Indian player to have crossed 10000 One day International runs a feat which he achieved on 16 December 2006.

In his Test career, Lara has become the Man of the Match 12 times and in One day International match, he has become the Man of the Match 30 times.

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