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Home » Cricket Players Profile » West Indies» Brian Lara

Brian Lara

Full name Brian Charles Lara
Born May 2, 1969, Cantaro, Santa Cruz, Trinidad
Current age 37 years
Major teams West Indies, ICC World XI, Northern Transvaal, Trinidad & Tobago, Warwickshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Playing role Batsman

Brian Lara, along with Sachin Tendulkar is perhaps the greatest cricketer in the modern era, and is comparable to none other than Sir Don Bradman. In 1994, Brian Lara made 375 and 501 not out and broke world records for the highest Test and first-class scores. He continued the good show and many a time single handedly played solid innings that rescued an otherwise weak West Indian squad. During a resourceful but mostly unsuccessful spell as skipper of a fading team, Lara repeated his brilliance by challenging the Australians in 1998-99 with scores of 213, 8, 153 and 100. Injuries affected his footwork, and thereby his form. But after some useful tips from the great Garry Sobers, Lara was back in form and scored 221 and 130 in one Test and 688 runs against Sri Lanka, and got back the captaincy. Success eluded his team till Lara replied with an amazing 400 in the final Test against England, thus becoming the first cricketer to get back the world record. The slump seemed to return to haunt the West Indies, when the touring Bangladeshi side troubled West Indies in the one-day series and the first Test. Lara threatened resignation if the team didn't perform well. They responded and Lara led the one-day team to victory in the ICC Champions Trophy, thus re-igniting hopes of a West Indies renaissance. provides the profile of Brian Lara and other cricketers around the world.

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