Brian Lara, full name Brian Charles Lara, (born 2 May 1969, Cantaro, Trinidad), West Indian cricketer, one of the sport’s most famous contemporary athletes . The left-handed compact tennis player is the record holder for the number of runs recorded in a round in both Competition (international) and First Division cricket.

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As one of a family of 11, natural-born athlete and member of the national under-14 football (soccer) team, from an early age, Lara was expected to become an athlete. Great cricketer of West India. He was first selected for the West Indies National Team in 1990 at the age of 21, but he didn’t make his mark until 1994, when he broke two of the most coveted batting records in the sport. cricket, scoring 375 times against England (surpassing Sir Garfield Sobers’ 36-year-old record) and 501 runs (not all) for Warwickshire, his English county team. In 2004, Lara then became the first player to re-establish the Test Batting record when his 400 runs (not counting results) against England overcame 380 runs as posted by Australian Matthew Hayden in 2004.

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Amid these Herculean feats, Lara has at times struggled to reach the level he has come to expect, and some have questioned his dedication to the sport. Likewise, under his captaincy, the West Indies national team’s record is indistinguishable. Yet, without a doubt, he ranks alongside the likes of Sobers, Sir Don Bradman, Clive Lloyd and Sir Viv Richards as one of cricket’s finest.

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