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Brian Lara

Brian Lara Brian Lara

One of the all-time greats of the world game, Brian Charles Lara came into the West Indies team in 1990, batting at number four behind a top order of Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Richie Richardson. All greats in their own right, but Lara would go on to outshine them all, ending his career with 11953 runs, a world record at the time of his retirement in 2006.

Memorable innings included the 375 and 400*, both against England, both in Antigua and both world records for the highest individual score in Test cricket. In between those two landmarks, Lara found time to record the highest first-class innings score of 501* while playing for Warwickshire against Durham in the County Championship. But Lara’s contribution to cricket was about far more than mere numbers. The trademark high back lift that allowed him to flay cut shots and drives through the off-side became a ubiquitous sight throughout the 1990s as many a bowling attack was eviscerated by the left-hander’s panache.

Lara’s rivalry with Shane Warne was a battle for the ages; the great leg-spinner dismissed him seven times but Lara’s average of 54.57 against Warne puts him in an elite bracket of players who can lay claim to having got the better of the Australian.

Lara had three stints as captain of the Test side with mixed results. Though he averaged 57.83 when leading the side, against a career average of 52.88, Lara described his record as captain as a story of ‘modest success and devastating failure’. He could point to West Indies’ 2004 Champions Trophy win as a tangible triumph when leading the ODI side but his leadership of the Test team could not arrest the team’s downward spiral from the turn of the millennium and beyond.

Ending his career without a win from his last 15 Tests served to illustrate how far West Indies cricket had fallen since his first appearance on the international scene. On an individual level though, Lara continued to shine: his 216 in Multan in his penultimate Test was his ninth score of 200 or more, a figure that could only be bettered by the great Sir Don Bradman’s 12 at the time.

  • 1969-05-02, Cantaro, Santa Cruz
  • Leo Lions, Sachin's Blasters, Southern Rocks, Trinidad and Tobago, Mumbai Champs, West Indians, Warwickshire, Northern Transvaal, West Indies Board XI, West Indies Under-23s, West Indies Board President's XI, Young West Indies, West Indies, ICC World XI, West Indies Young Cricketers
  • LHB (No. 4)
  • Batsman (Top order batsman)
  • Leg-break and googly
  • 131
  • 11953
  • 0
  • 52.88
  • None

Career Stats

Batting

Test
1990-2006 131 232 6 11953 400* 52.88 19754 3.63 87.4 34 48 17 1559 88 8.33
One-day international
1990-2007 299 289 32 10405 169 40.48 13085 4.77 50.9 19 63 16 1036 133 8.93
First-class
1988-2008 261 440 13 22156 501* 51.88 25265+ 3.80* 83.6* 65 88 29 2083+ 132+ 8.87*
List A one-day
1988-2007 429 411 43 14602 169 39.67 14855+ 4.77* 49.5* 27 86 25 1179+ 154+ 8.90*
List A Twenty20
2010-2010 3 3 0 99 65 33.00 86 6.90 28.6 0 1 0 11 1 13.95

Bowling

Test
1990-2006 131 4 60 28 0 - - - 2.80 - 0 0 0 242 164 164 0 4 (4ct 0st)
One-day international
1990-2007 299 5 49 61 4 2/5 2/5 15.25 7.46 12.2 0 0 0 299 120 120 0 3 (3ct 0st)
First-class
1988-2008 261 32 514 416 4 1/1 1/14 104.00 4.85 128.5 0 0 0 474 320 320 0 5 (5ct 0st)
List A one-day
1988-2007 429 12 130 149 5 2/5 2/5 29.80 6.87 26.0 0 0 0 429 177 177 0 3 (3ct 0st)
List A Twenty20
2010-2010 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0

Season Stats

Batting

1990/91 1 2 0 49 44 24.50 106 2.77 53.0 0 0 0 5 0 4.71
1991/92 1 2 0 81 64 40.50 135 3.60 67.5 0 1 0 14 0 10.37
1992/93 8 13 0 682 277 52.46 1057 3.87 81.3 1 5 1 84 2 8.13
1993/94 6 9 0 816 375 90.66 1223 4.00 135.8 2 2 0 111 3 9.32
1994/95 9 16 1 655 147 43.66 1069 3.67 71.2 1 5 2 88 0 8.23
1995 6 10 1 765 179 85.00 992 4.62 110.2 3 3 0 121 1 12.29
1995/96 2 3 0 149 74 49.66 230 3.88 76.6 0 1 0 17 2 8.26
1996/97 10 17 0 687 132 40.41 1204 3.42 70.8 2 3 0 92 6 8.13
1997 2 4 0 120 115 30.00 220 3.27 55.0 1 0 1 12 1 5.90
1997/98 9 15 1 546 93 39.00 1002 3.26 71.5 0 3 0 79 4 8.28
1998/99 9 17 1 856 213 53.50 1431 3.58 89.4 3 4 0 126 10 9.50
1999/00 2 4 0 167 75 41.75 313 3.20 78.2 0 2 0 24 0 7.66
2000 5 9 0 239 112 26.55 483 2.96 53.6 1 1 1 34 1 7.24
2000/01 10 20 0 721 182 36.05 1399 3.09 69.9 1 3 4 92 7 7.07
2001/02 3 6 0 688 221 114.66 1226 3.36 204.3 3 1 0 70 5 6.11
2002 7 10 0 351 73 35.10 695 3.03 69.5 0 3 1 41 1 6.04
2003 6 11 1 832 209 83.20 1391 3.58 139.1 3 4 0 105 10 8.26
2003/04 10 19 1 1253 400* 69.61 2028 3.70 112.6 4 2 2 164 12 8.67
2004 6 10 0 437 120 43.70 629 4.16 62.9 1 3 1 56 4 9.53
2005 5 9 0 724 196 80.44 1003 4.33 111.4 4 0 1 91 8 9.87
2005/06 7 13 0 476 226 36.61 801 3.56 61.6 1 1 1 55 1 6.99
2006 4 8 0 211 120 26.37 440 2.87 55.0 1 0 1 20 3 5.22
2006/07 3 5 0 448 216 89.60 677 3.97 135.4 2 1 1 58 7 9.60
1990/91 1 1 0 11 11 11.00 20 3.30 20.0 0 0 0 2 0 10.00
1991 1 1 0 23 23 23.00 40 3.45 40.0 0 0 0 2 0 5.00
1991/92 25 25 2 850 88* 36.95 1207 4.22 52.4 0 8 2 74 4 6.46
1992/93 22 22 3 906 128 47.68 1311 4.14 69.0 3 5 1 94 3 7.39
1993/94 19 19 0 739 153 38.89 1032 4.29 54.3 1 5 0 83 1 8.13
1994/95 16 15 2 784 139 60.30 892 5.27 68.6 1 7 0 85 5 10.08
1995 3 3 0 120 70 40.00 141 5.10 47.0 0 1 0 15 1 11.34
1995/96 17 17 2 899 169 59.93 899 6.00 59.9 4 3 0 90 14 11.56
1996/97 13 12 3 482 103* 53.55 672 4.30 74.6 2 1 2 39 5 6.54
1997 1 1 0 67 67 67.00 68 5.91 68.0 0 1 0 6 2 11.76
1997/98 12 12 0 567 110 47.25 621 5.47 51.7 1 5 1 68 9 12.39
1998/99 11 11 2 180 60* 20.00 296 3.64 32.8 0 1 1 19 1 6.75
1999 15 14 1 352 60 27.07 401 5.26 30.8 0 1 0 38 12 12.46
1999/00 11 11 0 336 117 30.54 345 5.84 31.3 1 1 1 33 8 11.88
2000 5 4 0 204 87 51.00 261 4.68 65.2 0 3 0 15 4 7.27
2000/01 18 18 2 651 116* 40.68 908 4.30 56.7 1 4 3 64 3 7.37
2001/02 3 3 1 86 60 43.00 91 5.67 45.5 0 1 0 10 2 13.18
2002 10 9 3 292 111 48.66 398 4.40 66.3 1 1 1 24 3 6.78
2002/03 6 6 0 248 116 41.33 306 4.86 51.0 1 1 0 25 7 10.45
2003 10 10 2 436 116 54.50 547 4.78 68.3 1 3 0 34 8 7.67
2003/04 14 13 1 402 113 33.50 459 5.25 38.2 1 2 0 41 7 10.45
2004 11 10 2 286 58 35.75 334 5.13 41.7 0 1 0 35 4 11.67
2004/05 7 7 0 359 156 51.28 387 5.56 55.2 1 2 0 32 7 10.07
2005 5 5 0 74 32 14.80 129 3.44 25.8 0 0 1 7 0 5.42
2005/06 3 3 0 5 5 1.66 13 2.30 4.3 0 0 2 0 0 0.00
2006 16 15 3 462 87 38.50 571 4.85 47.5 0 3 0 53 9 10.85
2006/07 24 22 3 584 83 30.73 736 4.76 38.7 0 3 1 48 14 8.42
1987/88 4 5 0 145 92 29.00 - - - 0 1 0 - - -
1988/89 8 11 0 567 182 51.54 - - - 2 1 0 - - -
1989/90 8 13 0 500 145 38.46 - - - 2 0 0 - - -
1990/91 10 19 2 990 139 58.23 - - - 2 7 0 - - -
1991 9 14 0 344 93 24.57 - - - 0 3 0 - - -
1991/92 5 8 0 375 135 46.87 - - - 1 2 0 - - -
1992/93 10 17 0 802 277 47.17 1251 3.84 73.5 1 6 1 99 2 8.07
1993/94 11 18 0 1531 375 85.05 1490+ 4.01* 149.0* 5 3 0 135+ 5+ 9.39*
1994 15 25 2 2066 501* 89.82 - - - 9 3 1 - - -
1994/95 12 19 1 725 147 40.27 1125+ 3.59* 70.3* 1 5 2 89+ 0+ 7.91*
1995 13 20 1 1126 179 59.26 1122+ 4.73* 93.5* 3 7 4 143+ 1+ 12.83*
1995/96 3 5 0 345 119 69.00 - - - 1 2 0 - - -
1996/97 18 31 0 1342 135 43.29 1512+ 3.52* 72.0* 3 8 0 123+ 7+ 8.59*
1997 2 4 0 120 115 30.00 220 3.27 55.0 1 0 1 12 1 5.90
1997/98 12 20 1 665 93 35.00 1002+ 3.26* 71.5* 0 4 0 79+ 4+ 8.28*
1998 15 26 0 1033 226 39.73 982+ 4.27* 49.1* 3 3 4 98+ 6+ 10.59*
1998/99 13 23 1 1061 213 48.22 1698 3.74 77.1 4 5 1 153 15 9.89
1999/00 6 10 0 408 87 40.80 411+ 4.02* 68.5* 0 4 0 36+ 1+ 9.00*
2000 10 18 0 519 176 28.83 799 3.89 44.3 2 1 2 77 6 10.38
2000/01 12 23 0 991 231 43.08 1748 3.40 76.0 2 3 4 134 10 8.23
2001/02 5 7 0 731 221 104.42 1329 3.30 189.8 3 1 0 76 5 6.09
2002 7 10 0 351 73 35.10 695 3.03 69.5 0 3 1 41 1 6.04
2002/03 2 4 0 242 152 60.50 172+ 5.30* 172.0* 1 1 1 20+ 2+ 12.79*
2003 6 11 1 832 209 83.20 1391 3.58 139.1 3 4 0 105 10 8.26
2003/04 13 23 1 1431 400* 65.04 2273+ 3.71* 113.6* 4 4 2 190+ 13+ 8.93*
2004 7 12 1 593 120 53.90 784 4.53 71.2 2 3 1 81 6 11.09
2005 5 9 0 724 196 80.44 1003 4.33 111.4 4 0 1 91 8 9.87
2005/06 10 17 0 731 226 43.00 1174 3.73 69.0 2 2 1 80 4 7.15
2006 5 10 0 233 120 23.30 452+ 2.82* 50.2* 1 0 1 20+ 3+ 5.08*
2006/07 3 5 0 448 216 89.60 677 3.97 135.4 2 1 1 58 7 9.60
2007/08 2 3 2 185 123 185.00 227+ 4.65* 227.0* 1 1 0 19+ 3+ 9.69*
1987/88 2 2 0 14 14 7.00 - - - 0 0 1 - - -
1988/89 2 1 0 54 54 54.00 - - - 0 1 0 - - -
1989/90 8 7 0 231 55 33.00 - - - 0 1 0 - - -
1990/91 4 4 0 122 91 30.50 105+ 5.82* 52.5* 0 1 0 12+ 0+ 11.42*
1991 2 2 0 53 30 26.50 97 3.27 48.5 0 0 0 6 0 6.18
1991/92 32 32 3 1050 88* 36.20 1342+ 4.16* 47.9* 0 9 3 83+ 4+ 6.48*
1992/93 26 26 3 1010 128 43.91 1324+ 4.11* 66.2* 3 5 1 94+ 3+ 7.32*
1993/94 23 23 1 953 153 43.31 1032+ 4.29* 54.3* 1 7 0 83+ 1+ 8.13*
1994 22 22 0 634 81 28.81 - - - 0 5 2 - - -
1994/95 17 16 2 822 139 58.71 966 5.10 69.0 1 7 0 90 5 9.83
1995 6 6 0 186 70 31.00 141+ 5.10* 47.0* 0 2 0 15+ 1+ 11.34*
1995/96 25 23 3 1210 169 60.50 899+ 6.00* 59.9* 6 4 1 90+ 14+ 11.56*
1996/97 23 22 4 911 127 50.61 810+ 4.28* 62.3* 3 5 2 42+ 5+ 6.24*
1997 2 2 0 88 67 44.00 68+ 5.91* 68.0* 0 1 0 6+ 2+ 11.76*
1997/98 17 16 0 728 110 45.50 621+ 5.47* 51.7* 2 5 2 68+ 9+ 12.39*
1998 22 21 2 674 133 35.47 580+ 5.15* 38.6* 2 2 2 64+ 9+ 9.65*
1998/99 15 14 3 350 89 31.81 296+ 3.64* 32.8* 0 2 1 19+ 1+ 6.75*
1999 15 14 1 352 60 27.07 401 5.26 30.8 0 1 0 38 12 12.46
1999/00 13 13 0 349 117 26.84 345+ 5.84* 31.3* 1 1 1 33+ 8+ 11.88*
2000 5 4 0 204 87 51.00 261 4.68 65.2 0 3 0 15 4 7.27
2000/01 19 19 2 660 116* 38.82 928 4.26 54.5 1 4 3 65 3 7.32
2001 1 1 0 11 11 11.00 18 3.66 18.0 0 0 0 - - -
2001/02 7 7 1 270 129 45.00 - - - 1 1 0 - - -
2002 15 14 4 472 111 47.20 554+ 4.23* 61.5* 1 3 1 28+ 5+ 5.95*
2002/03 6 6 0 248 116 41.33 306 4.86 51.0 1 1 0 25 7 10.45
2003 10 10 2 436 116 54.50 547 4.78 68.3 1 3 0 34 8 7.67
2003/04 21 19 2 541 113 31.82 528+ 5.26* 35.2* 1 2 1 49+ 7+ 10.60*
2004 13 12 3 369 68 41.00 398 5.56 44.2 0 2 0 43 6 12.31
2004/05 8 8 1 475 156 67.85 473 6.02 67.5 2 2 0 43 11 11.41
2005 5 5 0 74 32 14.80 129 3.44 25.8 0 0 1 7 0 5.42
2005/06 3 3 0 5 5 1.66 13 2.30 4.3 0 0 2 0 0 0.00
2006 16 15 3 462 87 38.50 571 4.85 47.5 0 3 0 53 9 10.85
2006/07 24 22 3 584 83 30.73 736 4.76 38.7 0 3 1 48 14 8.42
2010/11 3 3 0 99 65 33.00 86 6.90 28.6 0 1 0 11 1 13.95

Bowling

1990/91 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 2 1 1 0 1 (1ct 0st)
1991/92 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 2 5 5 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1992/93 8 1 12 4 0 - - - 2.00 - 0 0 0 0 15 9 9 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1993/94 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 11 12 12 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1994/95 9 1 24 8 0 - - - 2.00 - 0 0 0 - 17 11 11 0 4 (4ct 0st)
1995 6 1 6 0 0 - - - 0.00 - 0 0 0 - 12 4 4 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1995/96 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 4 3 3 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1996/97 10 1 18 16 0 - - - 5.33 - 0 0 0 - 16 12 12 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1997 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 4 2 2 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1997/98 9 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 15 16 16 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1998/99 9 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 18 11 11 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1999/00 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 3 0 0 0 0
2000 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 9 10 10 0 3 (3ct 0st)
2000/01 10 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 18 10 10 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2001/02 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 6 1 1 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2002 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 12 9 9 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2003 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 12 12 12 0 3 (3ct 0st)
2003/04 10 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 19 10 10 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2004 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 12 9 9 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2005 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 9 1 1 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2005/06 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 13 0 0 0 0
2006 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 7 13 13 0 4 (4ct 0st)
2006/07 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 6 3 3 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1990/91 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 0 0
1991 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 0 0
1991/92 25 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 25 11 11 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1992/93 22 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 22 12 12 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1993/94 19 1 12 5 2 2/5 2/5 2.50 2.50 6.0 0 0 0 0 19 15 15 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1994/95 16 1 12 17 0 - - - 8.50 - 0 0 0 - 16 7 7 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1995 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 3 2 2 0 1 (1ct 0st)
1995/96 17 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 17 5 5 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1996/97 13 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 13 7 7 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1997 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 0 0
1997/98 12 1 6 12 0 - - - 12.00 - 0 0 0 - 12 3 3 0 1 (1ct 0st)
1998/99 11 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 11 2 2 0 1 (1ct 0st)
1999 15 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 15 8 8 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1999/00 11 1 13 12 2 2/12 2/12 6.00 5.53 6.5 0 0 0 - 11 3 3 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2000 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 5 0 0 0 0
2000/01 18 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 18 7 7 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2001/02 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 3 0 0 0 0
2002 10 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 10 1 1 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2002/03 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 6 2 2 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2003 10 1 6 15 0 - - - 15.00 - 0 0 0 - 10 8 8 0 3 (3ct 0st)
2003/04 14 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 14 4 4 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2004 11 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 11 5 5 0 3 (3ct 0st)
2004/05 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 7 2 2 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2005 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 5 2 2 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2005/06 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 3 3 3 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2006 16 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 16 4 4 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2006/07 24 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 24 7 7 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1987/88 4 1 11 15 0 - - - 8.18 - 0 0 0 - 7 8 8 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1988/89 8 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 15 7 7 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1989/90 8 1 6 2 0 - - - 2.00 - 0 0 0 0 15 13 13 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1990/91 10 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 14 10 10 0 4 (4ct 0st)
1991 9 5 66 59 0 - - - 5.36 - 0 0 0 - 16 9 9 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1991/92 5 1 6 1 0 - - - 1.00 - 0 0 0 0 9 6 6 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1992/93 10 1 12 4 0 - - - 2.00 - 0 0 0 0 19 12 12 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1993/94 11 1 30 22 1 1/22 1/22 22.00 4.40 30.0 0 0 0 - 20 26 26 0 4 (4ct 0st)
1994 15 6 126 112 0 - - - 5.33 - 0 0 0 - 27 11 11 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1994/95 12 1 24 8 0 - - - 2.00 - 0 0 0 - 21 13 13 0 4 (4ct 0st)
1995 13 3 54 45 0 - - - 5.00 - 0 0 0 - 25 14 14 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1995/96 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 6 5 5 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1996/97 18 3 48 39 1 1/14 1/14 39.00 4.87 48.0 0 0 0 - 32 25 25 0 5 (5ct 0st)
1997 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 4 2 2 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1997/98 12 1 12 8 0 - - - 4.00 - 0 0 0 - 20 21 21 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1998 15 3 30 44 0 - - - 8.80 - 0 0 0 - 29 15 15 0 3 (3ct 0st)
1998/99 13 2 42 31 1 1/23 1/23 31.00 4.42 42.0 0 0 0 - 26 14 14 0 2 (2ct 0st)
1999/00 6 2 41 21 1 1/1 1/21 21.00 3.07 41.0 0 0 0 - 10 8 8 0 3 (3ct 0st)
2000 10 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 18 15 15 0 3 (3ct 0st)
2000/01 12 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 21 12 12 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2001/02 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 8 1 1 0 1 (1ct 0st)
2002 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 12 9 9 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2002/03 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 4 4 4 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2003 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 12 12 12 0 3 (3ct 0st)
2003/04 13 1 6 5 0 - - - 5.00 - 0 0 0 0 24 13 13 0 2 (2ct 0st)
2004 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 - 14 12 12