He was re-appointed captaincy in 2003. ", "When we got a couple of early wickets, I started thinking 'this is going alright, we'll knock this lot over and won't be out here for too long...'", "Things were looking quite positive but then Lara got in and just batted. Brian Charles Lara, a wizard waving his bat on the pitch like a wand, a relentless force of nature and one of the greatest batsmen the modern era has seen. ", Russell: "Lara would bat and bat but he would kill you by scoring so quickly. ", Chanderpaul: "At the end of that day, the dressing room was a very happy place to be. It meant a dead series suddenly came to life. It meant a dead series suddenly came to life. In September 2004, Indies won ICC Champions Trophy under his captaincy. Brian Lara is one of the greatest cricketer in the world. Angus Fraser: Fast bowler, 46 Tests, 177 wickets at an average of 27.32, Jack Russell: Wicketkeeper, 54 Tests, 1,897 runs at 27.10, 153 catches and 12 stumpings, Alec Stewart: Batsman (later wicketkeeper and captain), 133 Tests, 8,463 runs at 39.54, 263 catches & 14 stumpings, Graham Thorpe: Batsman, 100 Tests, 6,744 runs at 44.66. ", "I had a quick word with Chris Lewis and told him to make him do something to earn the runs - don't just give him one off the hips so he can clip it. Speaking about Lara's unbeatable quadruple century against England at St. John’s, Antigua back in April 2004, Sehwag named two contemporary batsmen who he believes can break the record. On April 12, West Indian legend Brian Lara became the only player in the history of Test cricket to touch the 400-run mark. He mentioned the record while he was in the dressing room and he was getting a lot of phone calls about it, but he always remained focused.

", Russell: "The ball never looked like missing the middle of his bat. ", Former England batsman Alec Stewart: "At tea, his bat looked about three feet wide. There were people climbing over the fences and running onto the field doing cartwheels and headstands.

Occasional hundreds were all that he scored. He had everything as a player. The ball was over the boundary rope in a flash, but I remember the bail going up in the air because he had knocked it with his foot or his pad. He had already made his ODI debut scoring 11 against Pakistan a month earlier. In it was a DJ called Chickie, who played music between every ball and every over, it was real Calypso music.

Read about our approach to external linking. However, he was sacked the same year due to player revolts over pay delays, and was made the captain again in 1999 against Australia. Antigua is a small, intimate ground which only holds 10 or 11,000.

Lara reached the esoteric 400 with his trademark sweep shot.
The field did come in, but only when he drew level with the record.". Nearly 10 years after he registered the highest individual Test score (375), Lara topped his own record at the very same venue. Mid-on was selling chicken wings and somebody turned the music up. Lara was on 365 when he hooked Chris Lewis for four... Tufnell: "I had a quick word with Chris Lewis and told him to make him do something to earn the runs - don't just give him one off the hips so he can clip it. His appetite for run-scoring, while also taking the attacking option, makes him stand apart. Brian holds several records of three digit runs. Please try after some time. West Indies 593-5 & 43-0 drew with England 593 all out (R Smith 175, M Atherton 135).

The moment was so big for everyone who was around. It's not in a great state of repair but it's full of character. Once he got to about 250, you begin to wonder where it was all going to end.

", Thorpe: "We heard he had played nine holes of golf that morning, so he was pretty relaxed. ", "The whole place was rocking. His appetite for run-scoring, while also taking the attacking option, makes him stand apart. Find Lara's Records, Biography, Centuries, Runs, wickets. That was certainly a career highlight for many who played in that game - I got some wickets (8-115 in the match) and Alec Stewart got a hundred in each innings.

Brian Lara dislodged a bail (the left one, above) as he pulled the ball for four to set the world record Russell: "When he went past the record, he hit the stumps. You were wasting your time. It all comes down to who has the biggest gun and you don't have it, so you just sometimes have to accept you are playing against somebody bigger and better than you are.

He had everything as a player. Athers was a clever bloke and he got it spot on.". By that stage you have tried all your tactics and your variety, it has not really got you anywhere and it begins to boil down to if he will make a mistake. ", Russell: "There was never any arguing or sledging with the West Indies. The whole stand would be shaking with people dancing and bouncing up and down. Athers was a clever bloke and he got it spot on.

I'm splitting hairs between him and Sachin Tendulkar but I have always just put Brian at the top of the tree because he would destroy a bowling attack and, when you set fields, he would put the ball where you have just taken a fielder from.

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