Happy birthday Brian Lara, on this day in 1969, the great Brian Lara was born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad, and Tobago. Lara is probably the best left-hand batsman to ever play the game. He scored in an era dominated by great bowlers like Glenn Mcgrath, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne, etc. Smashing the ball sweetly and in a stylish way to the boundary was his forte. The southpaw amassed 11953 runs in 131 test matches at an impressive average of 52.9, while in ODIs, he accumulated 10405 runs at a decent average of 40.5. During his career, Lara hit 53 centuries which is the by any West Indian in the history of international cricket.
Let us relive some great innings by him from his career on his auspicious 53rd happy birthday.
400 * Against England In 2004
Brian Charles Lara registered 400*, the highest score in the history of tests in 2004 in St.Lucia against England just few days before his birthday. Lara batted for 778 minutes during the process and reached the milestone with the help of 43 fours and 4 sixes. It did not come easily as the bowling lineup comprised Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison, Andrew Flintoff, and Simon Jones but made them knee down in front of him with his impeccable batting.
Maiden Test Century Against Australia in 1994, 277*
The ace batsman from Trinidad and Tobago was made for big innings and his maiden test century against Australia in 1993 in Sydney was a testimony of that. In just his 5th match, Lara notched up 277* runs in the 1st innings off 372 balls with the help of 38 fours. The innings came in when West Indies were 31 for 2 in the pursuit of giving lead
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