Picture of Brian Lara

Brian Lara

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
West Indies, ICC World XI, Mumbai Champs, Northerns, Southern Rocks, Warwickshire, West Indies Inv XI, Young West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies Under-19, Marylebone Cricket Club, Sachin's Blasters
Roles played:
Skipper-Test,ODI | Batsman
Home country:
West Indies
May 02, 1969, Cantaro, Santa Cruz


One look at Brian Charles Lara's Test scores, and there is no doubt in one's mind that here is a batsman with a vociferous appetite for runs. In the year 1994, he broke his countryman Gary Sobers' long standing record for many decades by scoring a brilliant 375. As if to prove that this was not a fluke, he followed it up with an unbeaten 501 in a first class match for Warwickshire the following season. In 2004, Lara became the first batsman to reclaim the highest individual Test score record by scoring a 400 against England, in the process breaking Hayden's 380.

Lara's attitude towards cricket can be best described as moody brilliance. To go with the above records, he is probably the only batsman to have tackled Murali the way he did, scoring 600-odd runs in a three match series in Sri Lanka, his innings epitomized by quicksilver feet movement. And then there were times, when he looked good to be anywhere but the batting crease, almost as if his mind's not on the job. As if to drive home a point, Lara's overall Test average of almost 53 is not too dissimilar from his 51 against the Aussies, and it was only 41 against NZ.

Brian Lara's ODI record of more than 10,000 runs at an average of almost 41 was equally great, but somehow, his amazing Test innings overshadowed the same. Incidentally, Lara became the second batsman, after Sachin Tendulkar to score more than 10,000 runs in both forms of the game.

On retirement, Lara is one of the few cricketers, whose Test average was more than his First Class one!


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 131 232 11953 6 52.88 60.51 34 48 400*
ODI 299 289 10405 32 40.48 79.51 19 63 169
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 131 4 60 28 0 0/0 / - 2.80 0 0 0 0
ODI 299 5 49 61 4 2/5 / 15.25 7.46 0 0 0 4
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 164 0 1
ODI 120 0 20
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 47 10 26 0 11 21.28
ODI 125 59 59 0 7 47.2


West Indies Vs Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore Stadium), Lahore - Dec 06, 1990
Last played:
West Indies Vs Pakistan at National Stadium, Karachi - Nov 27, 2006
West Indies Vs Pakistan at National Stadium, Karachi - Nov 09, 1990
Last played:
West Indies Vs England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Barbados - Apr 21, 2007