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A Profile Of Brian Lara

A Profile Of Brian Lara

When conversing about cricket in the West Indies there's several names that immediately pop into your head. Malcolm Marshall, Gary Sobers, Courtney Walsh, Michael Holding and Curtly Ambrose. However, one name stands above all else, a leading presence in the West Indies and the rest of the world, Brian Lara. Here are a few of the high points from the West Indies batsman’s unforgettable career:

In 1999, he delivered a cricket spectacle, facing an all-conquering Australia side during a test series. He was under huge scrutiny after failing to score big in his last few matches. In the blazing sun of Barbados, however, he helped his team achieve one of their greatest victories. After Australia built up a huge score of 490 and the West Indies only managing 329 in reaction things were looking bad for Lara’s team. An incredible bowling performance however meant that they were able to defeat the Australians for only 146. With an impossible 311 to win, the West Indies team started well but quickly began to drop wickets at a terrifying rate, only Lara put up real resistance, blasting his way to an unrattled 153 and helping the team pull of an unlikely victory.

Brian Lara was no stranger to scoring massive scores. In the year 1994, in a test match between Warwickshire and Durham, he scored 501. At only 25 years of age, this was a record that came only two months after winning the record for top score within an international cricket match, when he scored three hundred and seventy five against England in Antigua. For such a mammoth score there had to be the potential for his side, and sure enough when he was only on ten, he was bowled off a no ball. Six runs later he was dropped by the wicket keeper. He reached this record in a very unforgettable fashion too. During the last over of the day, with Lara holding 497, his batting partner at the crease reminded him that the umpires could call the game off, the next ball Lara dispatched the bowler to the fence for a boundary.

Aside from his beloved cricket he has founded the Lara Foundation, which is a charitable organisation in memory of his parents. It desires to handle social and healthcare challenges. Recently, he also joined a charity match hosted by Sir Victor Blank in aid of Wellbeing of Women. He even met Barack Obama in 2009 and the president mentioned that Lara was the ‘Michael Jordan of Cricket’.