Brian Lara was a joy to watch, and his impact was his career that was marked with exceptional skills and performances
400* THE UNVANQUISHED

2004 - Becomes the first player to score 400 runs in a test match and that remains the highest individual score in test cricket.

1344 THE PROLIFIC

2003 - His most fruitful year in test cricket scoring 1344 runs, which includes five centuries.

42% THE CONQUEROR

2001 - Scores 688 runs in three matches against Sri Lanka, which is 42% of his team's runs in the entire series.

153* THE LEGENDARY

1999 - His match winning innings of 153* against Australia in Barbados is rated by Wisden 100 as the second best innings ever in Test cricket history.

100x3 ON A ROLL

1995 - Scores three consecutive test hundreds in England to win the Man of the Series award and enable West Indies to draw the series 2-2.

501* THE SURREAL

1994 - Scores the highest first class score ever 501* for Warwickshire against Durham in Edgbaston.

375 THE MASTERPIECE

1994 - Breaks Gary Sobers' record of highest individual test score when he scores 375 against England in Antigua.

277 THE ADVENT

1993 - Scores his maiden Test ton against Australia in Sydney in his fifth test. Helps West Indies win the series.

400* THE UNVANQUISHED

2004 - Becomes the first player to score 400 runs in a test match and that remains the highest individual score in test cricket.

1344 THE PROLIFIC

2003 - His most fruitful year in test cricket scoring 1344 runs, which includes five centuries.

42% THE CONQUEROR

2001 - Scores 688 runs in three matches against Sri Lanka, which is 42% of his team's runs in the entire series.

153* THE LEGENDARY

1999 - His match winning innings of 153* against Australia in Barbados is rated by Wisden 100 as the second best innings ever in Test cricket history.

100x3 ON A ROLL

1995 - Scores three consecutive test hundreds in England to win the Man of the Series award and enable West Indies to draw the series 2-2.

501* THE SURREAL

1994 - Scores the highest first class score ever 501* for Warwickshire against Durham in Edgbaston.

375 THE MASTERPIECE

1994 - Breaks Gary Sobers' record of highest individual test score when he scores 375 against England in Antigua.

277 THE ADVENT

1993 - Scores his maiden Test ton against Australia in Sydney in his fifth test. Helps West Indies win the series.


400* THE UNVANQUISHED

2004 - Becomes the first player to score 400 runs in a test match and that remains the highest individual score in test cricket.

1344 THE PROLIFIC

2003 - His most fruitful year in test cricket scoring 1344 runs, which includes five centuries.

42% THE CONQUEROR

2001 - Scores 688 runs in three matches against Sri Lanka, which is 42% of his team's runs in the entire series.

153* THE LEGENDARY

1999 - His match winning innings of 153* against Australia in Barbados is rated by Wisden 100 as the second best innings ever in Test cricket history.

100x3 ON A ROLL

1995 - Scores three consecutive test hundreds in England to win the Man of the Series award and enable West Indies to draw the series 2-2.

501* THE SURREAL

1994 - Scores the highest first class score ever 501* for Warwickshire against Durham in Edgbaston.

375 THE MASTERPIECE

1994 - Breaks Gary Sobers' record of highest individual test score when he scores 375 against England in Antigua.

277 THE ADVENT

1993 - Scores his maiden Test ton against Australia in Sydney in his fifth test. Helps West Indies win the series.


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Posted by vinjoy on (December 26, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

Lara played as it is a sport, that is what it should be. Sportspersons don't expect anything BACK from sports. They only give it and live it for the audience. Sports are sports, and LARA is the perfect human to illustrate it. Tendulkar played as if it was life; and fittingly, he had that nagging expectations BACK from this life. Some records? Yes, even if his quest for records favored the team most often, this is NOT the purpose of sports. So, a downvote for Tendulkar; he could certainly afford to be more selfless!

Posted by on (December 26, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Sachin always played a safe innings.... he knew that you score a 100 or a 200 or a 300....its always gonna be counted as a single century...hence rather than wasting your strength on a big score, he used to score a 100 plus inning and then his concentration used to flag down...not the case with Lara who used to compete with himself and played monumental innings repeatedly....between Lara and Sachin... Lara was the better Test batsman and Sachin the better ODI batsman.... Lara's overseas Test records vs Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Australia are magnificient....Sachin is essentially a "home ground" player who could play well on flat Indian pitches.....Wisden's top 100 test innings of all time features three Lara epics at 2nd, 10th and 14th positions....not a single Sachin century made the grade....Sachin never dominated in overseas series the way Lara did vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka....I personally feel Rahul Dravid himself was a much better Test batsman than Sachin !!

Posted by srikanths on (December 26, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

very tepid. Should have boldly said that his personal choice was Lara rather than Tendulkar. Though personally I feel SRT was better against pace and Lara better against Spin.

Posted by IPSY on (December 26, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

We all know that, "Tendulkar to bat for life" is a pet thought of Sanjay Manjreaker. However Sanjay, life is the most precious and valuable commodity on earth. Hence, if anyone decides to wager his/her life for anything, or, say someone is demanding a ransom to save a life, it would be, or it has always been, for something of a magnitude that's enormously Big, or, colossally Valuable, or, incredibly Difficult - bordering the realms of impossibility. But, to be honest, even though Sachin has had so many more opportunities than anyone else to show that he's capable of producing at this requisite magnitude, we know of no particular performance when he showed he has such ability. So, I think that it would be grossly unfair to him, to select him among the possible candidates who may be recommended to anyone who may need a life saving performance from a test batsman! Am not in any way underrating the Little Master, but he has had so many opportunities to prove otherwise, but could not!

Posted by harshthakor on (December 26, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

@SWARZI You have put it very well and I totally endorse what you say.Tendulkar mastered the grammar of the game while Lara used it to compose poetry.Both posessed innovative genius but Lara had marginally more flair and creativity.Tendulkar would not equal Lara's batting after he passed a century who went on to bat like a mountainer climbing a peak.Lara took the game away from the opposition and could singlehandedly carry a game on his shoulders more than Sachin or any batsmen of his day.To me at his best in a crisis Tendulkar would not surpass him but neverthless Tendulkar was the technically sounder and more complete batsmen and thus could adapt better on bad wickets.

@GREG WARRICK You do justice to both the greats showing that they are both giants in their own right.

@CRICFAN 24 I feel Lara had a mystical element to his game like a magician at his best and his best innings had greater impact than Tendulkar or any other player of his time or even any Calypso batsmen ever.

Posted by on (December 25, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

Both were great batsmen. It was a privilege to be able to watch two of the greatest test batsmen in the history of the game within our era. I think the comparison with Fredericks is slightly exaggerated. More like a Sobers (who you mentioned ) and a Gordon Greenidge. Tendulkar was earmarked by Bradman himself as the closest batsman to himself. That probably is about the best accolade a batsman would wish for. Ask a bowler of the era and the batsmen who gave them the most facial ticks was usually Lara. Tendulkar has the statistics, Lara gads the landmark innings. Both a credit to the game and from the same very top drawer.

Posted by CricFan24 on (December 25, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

@SWARZI - That is an essentially romantic view of Lara. Odd though this may sound, Tendulkar was actually more unorthodox. As I've said in another episode Lara was essentially a Roy Fredericks clone and clearly modelled his game on him and a long line of flamboyant attacking batsmen. Re. great innings Lara undoubtedly has them. But then a similar statement may be made about very attacking batsmen such as Sehwag,Pietersen,Richards etc. When the going was good that particular facet of the games undoubtedly resulted in such innings. Which , of course is naive to say Tendulkar does not have numerous great innings. Basically - there is nothing "mystical" etc about Lara( Watch Roy Fredericks), of Sobers,LLoyd etc. The romanticism re. Lara is well understandable because of his flamboyance, unabashedly attacking game and some all-time great innings. But,all said and done - Anywhere, anytime, any bowler, any where any format it is difficult to look beyond Tendulkar.

Posted by swarzi on (December 25, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Yes, while it's true that Tendulkar always gave the impression that he was batting for his life; and Lara batted only to provide enjoyment for himself and fans, it's ironic that it was Lara who consistently produced the mind boggling 'life indemnity' performances: 277, 375, 400, 501 and others are all associated with batting as if one's life was at stake. I don't know of any performance from Sachin that in the aftermath of it, suggested that he was batting for his life! But I think though, that the real difference between Sachin and Lara was that Sachin was more a manually made batsman - he was the epitome of the techniques that were scientifically developed by man - he "mastered" them. Lara on the other hand transcended manual techniques. He was as good as any technically, but it was his "natural genius" that really put him ahead of his contemporaries - there was something "mystical" about him, when he crafted his art - like the God of batting in Greeks and Romans times!

Posted by princejain191 on (December 25, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

Brian Lara to bat for life !!!