Brian Lara's all-round play was exceptional, and his performances justify his place as one of West Indies' match-winner
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 IPSY on (December 20, 2014, 22:58 GMT)

For all those who still have doubts as to who Brian Lara really is, I want to end this perpetual greatest modern batsman debate now and forever in 2014; now that most of the genuine contenders have retired. I would therefore put up a cricketing scenario, and ask a SINGLE QUESTION. The HONEST and UNBIASED answer will now put an end to this perennial argument. The scenario is this: "A test match has played to a mammoth and challenging situation, where the team batting last thinks that they can win the match; but they have doubts due to the lack of batting resources in the whole team. Now they're seeking to hire the best modern batsman to do the job, against the best bowling attack". The question for all ESPN/Cricinfo fans is: "Which modern batsman would you recommend for this job"? The clue is, that batsman is the most likely one who can do it alone. Well, ladies and gentlemen, the batsman that you HONESTLY and UNBIASEDLY pick is the best of the modern batsmen. Fair? Subscribe!

Posted by wapuser on (December 19, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

People like sanjay manjrekar and shoib akhtar and ian chappel have played cricket , watched crickrt and stilll sorry to say have no brain at all.before sayingthat sachin isachinis not attacking he Iis not matmatchwinner.i just want to tell them test matches cant be won by batsmen ur team has to have bowlers who can take twenty wickets.indian bowling attack has let sachin down number of times.poor guy has scored with the strike rate of 87 through out his career and ig manjtekar chsppel or that biggest idoiot shoib akhtR has 5 min I request him to please go and check stats of ricky ponting brian lara and inzmamulhaq their strike rates are in low seventies how can they be more attacking than sachin.in one days of india lose the toss indian boelers will boel that badly that opposiyion will score in excess of 290 to around 350 and than how cam sachin only can win you maych.he has scored heavily in even chasing those big targets and poor guy gets out when india needs twenty to win and if fiv

Posted by harshthakor on (December 19, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

It is most unfair to compare the 2 giants,Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar .Arguably in cricket history never have 2 cricketing greats been so close to each other where even a photo finish could not give an accurate verdict.Sachin was technically sounder,Lara more artistic.Sachin was a master,Lara was genius.Sachin was more consistent but Lara on his day could join the Gods of Olympus.Sachin carried pressure more than any great batsmen while Lara bore the brunt of his team's batting more than any batsmen.In only tests Lara was better but combining O.D.I's Sachin had the edge.Rolled into one they would comprise the perfect batsman.

In all types of conditions and situations Lara in test cricket would be 2nd to only Bradman as his batting posessed equal divine artistry or sublime genius on the turning sub-continent surfaces,the seaming English tracks and the bouncy Australian surfaces.

Posted by prashant1 on (December 19, 2014, 3:16 GMT)

Tendulkar played 18 inn. in matches "involving" Mcgrath. After 18 inn. Lara played the stats are similar. Even in the 18 inn. Tendulkar played there were some one off matches, obviously several dismissals by other bowlers, several horrendous decisions and some freak dismissals, and just 2 full series Tendulkar played in matches "involving" Mcgrath.

Lara did not score a single 100 against any worthwhile pace bowler ( 140+ ks) till 2003. He then scored 4 in 3 years against Lee and Flintoff on very batting friendly pitches. Tendulkar has several all-time classic innings against virtually every genuine pace bowler of the past quarter century.

Lara good- Tendulkar much better.

Posted by nike9 on (December 18, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

As an Indian, I feel sachin is better than lara at 95mph+ pace bowling , but lara is king at medium pace and spin, but more importantly,since tennis elbow injury, sachin did not get me to watch matches since that ugly innings of 241 against australia in australia, lara did. He is the only batsman who on retirement asked the crowd "Did I entertain you?" , I remember saying "yes!", watching him on TV. Cricket is a spectator sport, it is for our entertainment, and that makes him better than sachin. else maybe sangakkara is better than both!. Viv Richards>Lara>Sachin>Ponting> hayden> big distance and then the tenacious folks, kallis>dravid>sangakkara , kallis is more pleasing to watch than dravid and dravid is more pleasing to watch than sangakkara.

Posted by on (December 18, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

If i could go back in time to see any innings of any batsman, it would be that Lara 153* vs. Australia -- the best innings of all time (second best innings, according the Wisden). Other players may have better technique or stats, but none had that touch of genius.

Posted by wapuser on (December 18, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Sachin's very aggressive and attractive batting style changed after a few years, but Lara remained the same entertainer and magician till he retired. But clearly sachin and lara were the real masters of modern cricket and stand out by a distance from the others

Posted by SettingSun on (December 18, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

@Wapuser - Another Tendulkar fanboy shoehorns his irrelevant observations into a discussion that has nothing to do with his hero. This video has literally nothing to do with Tendulkar. It was about one of the great duels in modern cricket.

Posted by wapuser on (December 18, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Lara was McGrath's bunny. The real battle used to take place between Sachin vs rest of the bowlers. Whenever a new good batsman emerged on the scene, people used to compare him with Sachin and not with Lara. The good things about Lara were the duration he used to occupy at the crease and his never changing batting style. Sachin's complete batting technique was more serene to a hopping Lara's. Though this is title about the battle of Lara and McGrath, one could not help but, bring in Sachin. Such is the influence of Sachin that none of his contemporaries can be discussed alone.

Posted by wapuser on (December 18, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Yea without any doubt lara was genius,the weak team he carried on his shoulders all through fighting alone n scoring big hundreds match winning hundreds is just incredible,i remember most of the times he used to come out to bat with westindies 20 for 2 n macgrath,bretlee gelispe shane warn all steaming in with their tales up n lara used to fight lone battle with them n many times smached them n many times totally dominate them not only in westindies but even in Australian pitches where it was difficult to bat against might Australian attack but he did it with authority,yea sometimes he succumb to pressure but thts a part of game, There may be players whose statistics may be better in future but lara n sachin will remain ahead of them always,players like ronoldo n messi have more goals then pele n maradona,but pele n maradona will remain ahead of them always Lara n sachin true masters