Brian Lara

Brian Charles Lara is a former West Indian international cricketer. Often recognized as one of the greatest batsmen of his era and one of the best in the history of the game, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. In addition to soaring to the top of the Test batting rankings several times, he holds several cricketing records, including the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history.

Aside from common spectators, Lara's style is also appealing to professional cricket players. It was Lara's bread and butter to break records and score humongous amounts.

Personal Information

Born: 2 May 1969 Nationality: Trinidadian and Tobagonian
Years Active: ( 1990–2007) Birth Place: Santa Cruz, Trinidad, and Tobago
Height:5 ft 8 in Role: Batsman
Batting Style: Right-Handed Bat Bowling Style: Right-arm leg break
Nickname:Princey, The Prince of Port of Spain, Michael Jordan of Cricket  

Brian Lara’s Journey


Lara has dated former Durham County Cricket Club receptionist and British lingerie model Lynnsey Ward. Lara was accompanied by Ward during the West Indies tour of Australia in late 2000.

Lara is the father of two daughters, one named Sydney (born 1996), who he had with Trinidadian journalist and model Leasel Rovedas. Sydney was named in honor of Lara's favorite cricket ground, Sydney Cricket Ground, where he scored his first Test century, the highly acclaimed 277 in 1992-93. His second daughter Tyla was also with Leasel Rovedas who was born in 2010.

He lost his father to a heart attack in 1989 and his mother to cancer in 2002.

First Appearance

Lara represented West Indies in Under-19 cricket. Lara made his test debut against Pakistan on 6 Dec 1994, scoring 44 and 6. He faced the legends Imran Khan and Wasim Akram on this day. It was also a day when Pakistani speedsters were impressed by the batting of Brian Lara. Months earlier, he had also scored a century against Pakistan in his ODI debut.

Ascend to Glory

It was in Sydney in January 1993 that Lara displayed his class by scoring 277 points against Australia. A century by him turned the tide of the series, with the West Indies winning 2-1.

In his career, Brian has set several records for three-digit runs. In test cricket, Lara is the only player to register 400 wickets. As of today, he has nine double test centuries, which ranks third behind Donald Bradman's 12 and Kumar Sangakkara's 11.

Low Point

It is common for players to experience highs and lows throughout their careers, and the West Indies legend was no different. He was overweight and suffering from hamstring issues after playing regularly for a number of years. As a result, he had to take a break to recover from that issue. Therefore, he took 4 months off to rest and recover.

His career had another low point in March 2005 when Lara declined selection for the West Indian side due to a sponsorship dispute, but later returned and scored 196. Consequently, he lost his captaincy to Shivnarine Chanderpaul.


Lara was named captain of the West Indies team in 1998. A player revolt over delayed pay led to his dismissal the following year, but he rebuilt his reputation by captaining the team again against Australia the following year.

During the series, he scored three hundred in three consecutive matches and was named Man of the Series. It ended in a draw of 2–2.

In 2000, Brian decided to take a four-month break from cricket to resign as captain of the Indies side. In 2003, he was reappointed captain. In September 2004, his captaincy helped the West Indies win the ICC Champions Trophy.

Lara's Record

Among Brian Lara's many achievements, here are some that stand out

  • One of the first cricketers to score seven centuries in eight first-class innings.
  • This player is the first to score 400 runs in the history of Test Cricket. Additionally, he made the highest individual test score as a batsman and captain with this record.
  • Among the fastest batsmen to reach 10,000 and 11,000 Test runs.
  • The only West Indian to have 34 tons in Test Cricket.
  • He is the first West Indian cricketer to score over 10,000 runs in Test matches.
  • A world record holder along with Australia's George Bailey in most runs scored in a single test match.
  • The number one batsman in Test cricket several times, he averages more than 50 runs per innings.


Brian Lara announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on 19 April 2007; the West Indies vs England match played on 21 April 2007 was his last international match.

Career Statistics

Lara built massive scores with such elegance and speed, unmatched since Bradman's heyday. His stance was thrilling as well - the bat raised high in the air, his weight poised on a bent knee in front, and his eyes low and level.

Matches: 299 Run Scored: 10405
Batting Average: 40.17 Top Score: 169
200/100/50: 0/19/63 Wickets: 4
Matches: 115 Run Scored: 4008
Batting Average: 52.74 Top Score: 122
200/100/50: 0/1/37 Wickets: 4
Matches: 132 Run Scored: 11953
Batting Average: 52.89 Top Score: 400
200/100/50: 9/34/48 Wickets: 0

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