Brian Lara is an all-time great in the echelons of cricketing folklore. He holds the highest individual score in a Test innings, scoring 400 not out against England in 2004.
Brian Lara was born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago. He represented the West Indies at international level cricket. From a very early age, Lara wanted to be a cricket player and emulate his idol, Sir Viv Richards. Lara believed that cricket would be his path to success.
At the age of 14, he made 745 runs in one year, which earned him a call-up to the West Indies under 19 team. By age 20 he was Trinidad and Tobago’s youngest captain. In 1994 Lara broke world records with his 375 and 501 not out, he also led the West indies against Sri Lanka in 2001-02.
Lara’s cricket career was eventful, from leading the West Indies against Sri Lanka, to the unexpected defeat against Bangladesh. The latter calamity resulted in Lara threatening to resign if the batsmen did not improve their game. In 2009 Lara was made an Honorary member of the Order of Australia for his services to cricket.