World veteran batsman Brian Lara turned 51 today on 2 April 2020. Lara made his Test and ODI debut against Pakistan in 1990. He retired from international cricket in 2007.
Lara is ranked among the greatest batsmen in the world along with Sir Don Bradman of Australia, Sachin Tendulkar of India. Lara was 10th among 11 children in her family. Father Bunty Lara led him in cricket. Brian himself has said many times that the father has a hand in improving his talent.
Lara remembered her father during her induction into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2012. He said, “The person you want to induct into the Hall of Fame is made by the father (Bunty).”
He made sure that I had a cricketer and everything I needed to succeed in life. “Lara was about to make her debut against Pakistan in 1990, but Father Bunty died a few days before that. Brian is most sad that his father was not in the debut match.
Lara’s performance against the Australia team has always been impressive. Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist had recalled a 2003 match, saying Lara had given us a challenge, hitting fours and sixes.
In that match, a fielder was removed from the midwicket and put on point. After this Lara slowly said that it was a mistake. This Gilchrist listened. Lara hit midwicket for a six. At this, Gilchrist told him that Lara hit two fours in a row, showing the boundary off-side.
Lara’s name has many records of test cricket. He became the batsman to score the highest score in a Test 4 years after his debut match. He scored 375 runs against England in 1994. Earlier, Lara scored his first century against Australia in 1993.
The funny thing is that his first century was a double century. He had scored 277 runs at the historic ground in Sydney. Lara scored an unbeaten 400 against England in 2004.
He also holds the record for the highest score in the first class. He scored 501 against Durham while playing for England club Worcestershire.