During the month of April, the world recognises the indefatigable achievements of one of the best batsmen ever – Brian Charles Lara – a proud son of Trinidad and Tobago soil. The anniversaries of his Test records 375 on 16 April 1994 and 400n.o. on 10 April 2004 did not go unnoticed by cricket commentators, historians and fans alike.
The Honourable Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport reflected on the career of the West Indies’ most prolific batsman saying, “On the 10 and 20 year anniversaries of these glorious batting displays, I wish to add my congratulations to Brian Lara whose innings versus England contributed in no small measure to his legendary status in the game. Those scores have been dissected and analysed in the finest detail but no-one could reduce Lara’s supreme talent and determination to a statistic.
“He grew up before our eyes and was always destined to be the greatest of all time. He simply demonstrated, in glorious fashion, and on West Indies home soil, that he was the best at his craft. We will never forget the joy and pride we all felt as fans to see a Trinidad and Tobago national execute an almost flawless innings, on both occasions, to become the highest run scorer in the game. Now retired, and cognizant of his power and ability to influence change, Brian attends to the needs of the less fortunate through the Pearl and Bunty Lara Foundation.”
About Brian Charles Lara
Brian Charles Lara, TC, OCC, AM (born 2 May 1969) is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of his era and one of the finest ever to have graced the game. Brian is popularly nicknamed as "The Prince of Port of Spain" or simply "The Prince” has topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket; with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history.
Lara also holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. He is the only batsman to have ever scored a hundred, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games over the course of a senior career. Lara also holds the test record of scoring the highest number of runs in a single over in a Test match, when he scored 28 runs off an over by Robin Peterson of South Africa in 2003.
Brian Lara was appointed honorary member of the Order of Australia on 27 November 2009. On 14 September 2012 he was inducted to the ICC's Hall of Fame.