Brain Lara: A batsman not to be reckon with
Few decades ago West Indies cricket side was the strongest. It was nightmare for every other team. Its players were exceptionally talented and they had an innate talent for cricket. Time and again West Indies has produced legend in the cricket world, both in Test format of the game and ODI. Among these legends, we have Brian Lara one of the greatest left-hand batsmen in the history of cricket. He is known to be a hitter and lead his team to very important victories. Lara’s love and passion for the game is the major reason behind his success. His inherent talent for cricket and hard work is what makes him an extraordinary cricketer. He was one of the most important assets of West Indies team..
Born on 2nd May 1996, Lara was the 10th of 11 children born to Bunty. At the age of six his father enrolled him in the local Harvard Coaching Clinic, thus his training for cricketer started at a very early stage. From his childhood he was very good at cricket and his batting enhanced by the coaching sessions. During his time at Fatima college, Lara turned out to be a promising cricketer of the future at the age of 14 he had scored 745 runs with an average of 126.16 per innings. He was selected for the Trinidad national under 16 and at the same age he played under 19 youth tournament and Under 19 World cup..
His first class debut was made in January 1998 in Red Strips Cup for Trinidad and Tabago in a match against Leeward Islands. His performance in the first match was okay, however he scored 92 in his second first class match. The same year, he was made captain of West Indies team for Youth World Cup. Later that year, still the captain he made 182 in one innings and this propelled his reputation. His selection for West Indies team was due, but his father’s death made him withdrew from the team and in 1989, he was made captain of West Indies team B for tour in Zimbabwe. He became the youngest captain Trinidad and Tobago’s captain in 1990 and his performance as a captain opened gateways for him towards the International cricket. Lara played for Transvaai in 1992-1993 and then in 1994, he joined Warwichshire. In 2010 he appeared for Southern Rocks..
Lara made his Test debut on 6th December 1990 in a match against Pakistan. He scored 45 in the first innings and 5 in the second. His last test match was also against Pakistan and it was on 27 November 2007. He played his first One Day International on 9th November in 1990 again against Pakistan. He scored just 11 runs in his debut ODI and the last ODI that he played was against England on the 21st April 2007..
Lara has played 131 Test matches and he has scored 11, 953 run with average batting of 52.88 and top score of 400. He is among the few who has scored that match in Test cricket. He made 34 centuries and 48 half centuries. In the ODI format of the game, Lara has scored 10, 405 runs in just 299 matches. His best is 169 with a batting average of 51.88. He made 19 centuries and 63 half centuries in his ODI career.