Brian Lara , a gem who shined in world cricket amongst the most widely recognised cricketers of all time. The “Michael Jordan of Cricket” is the pioneer of some greatest test innings of all time. He easily tame some of the greatest bowlers of all time by exhibiting his batting skill. So on the occasion of his 51th birthday we will have a look 10 interesting facts about Brian Charles Lara.

[1] The Run Machine 

He is 7th in the list of most run scorer in international cricket. Moreover he is the only West Indian player to score 10,000 runs both in odi & test. He has scored 22,156 runs in fist class cricket & scored 14602 runs in list-A career. Only player from West Indies to score more than 20,000 runs in international cricket apart from Chanderpaul.

[2] The Lone Warrior

There are several occasions when Lara single handedly took his team over the line. Moreover , there are 6 different occasions when he scored more than 50% of team’s total run in a test innings (where whole side dismissed).

The list is in below…

[3] Lara The Leader

  • Under his captaincy West Indies have won their only Champions Trophy in the year 2004
  • He has scored 5 double hundreds in test which is second most by a captain in test. While Virat Kohli holds the first position.
  • He holds the record of scoring highest run as a captain in test cricket. His 400 vs England is not only the run for a player but also as a captain in the history of test cricket.

[4] Most 100s in Losing Cause

Brain Lara has scored 14 hundreds in losing cause which is most by any player in test cricket history. Overall he has scored 8873 runs in losing cause in international cricket which is 4th highest.

[5] 100 & 200 in A Same Match

He is one of the 7 players to score 100 & 200 in a match. He scored 221 & 130 against Srilanka in 2001 at Colombo (SSC). Though West Indies lost the match but still he received the man of the match award along side Chaminda Vaas.

[6] UNSOLD IN IPL

In the year 2011 he went unsold at the ipl auction table. His base price was $400,000.

[7] 2 FIRST CLASS QUADRUPLE 100S

In 1994 Brain Lara scored his first first class 400 against Durham while playing for Warwickshire. He scored 501 runs in just 427 balls with the help of 62 fours & 10 sixes.

10 years later he scored his second first class 400 against England & became second player after WH Ponsford to score two first class 400s.

His 400 vs England also helped him to become only player to reclaim highest test score.

[8] Wisden Best Innings

Lara’s 153 runs match winning innings against Australia in the 4th innings at Bridgetown in 1999 was rated second best test innings of all time by wisden. Whereas Don Bradman’s 270 against England at the MCG in 1937 is in the number 1 in this elite list.

[9] BBC AWARD WINNER

Lara is one of the 3 cricketers to win prestigious BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year award, other two being Shane Warne & Sir Garry Sobers

[10] T20 Career & Return Of Lara

After 3 years of his retirement from international cricket Lara made a come back. He went to Zimbabwe to make his debut in T20 cricket & joined Southern Rocks to play in the 2010-11 Stanbic Bank 20 series. He scored 65 off 47 deliveries in his debut T20 match on November 13 in 2010. He played just 3 T20 matches (all for Southern Rocks). On 17th November in the said year Lara played his last T20 match.