34 Facts About Brian Lara

1. In 2009, Brian Lara was made an honorary Member of the Order of Australia for services to West Indian and Australian cricket.

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2. Brian Lara is the father of two girls one called Sydney was born on 1996 and whom he fathered with Trinidadian journalist and model Leasel Rovedas.

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3. In September 2009, Brian Lara was inducted as an honorary lifetime member of the Royal St Kitts Golf Club.

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4. Brian Lara received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield on Wednesday 10 January 2007.

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5. Brian Lara is an Ambassador for Sport of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and travels on a diplomatic passport to promote his country throughout the world.

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6. Brian Lara has established the Pearl and Bunty Brian Lara Foundation, which is a charitable organisation in memory of his parents that aims to address health and social care issues.

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7. In 2013, Brian Lara became involved with the Bangladesh Premier League team Chittagong Kings as their ambassador.

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8. Brian Lara had not played for Trinidad for the last two years.

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9. Brian Lara volunteered to play for his home team Trinidad during the start of 2008 domestic season.

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10. Brian Lara is the former captain of the Mumbai Champs.

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11. On 23 July 2007 Brian Lara agreed to sign for the Indian Cricket League.

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12. Brian Lara announced before the 2007 Cricket World Cup that this would be his last appearance in One Day Internationals.

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13. Brian Lara was run out after a bad mixup with Marlon Samuels for 18, as England went on to win the match by one wicket.

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14. On 19 April 2007 Brian Lara announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, indicating that the West Indies vs England match on 21 April 2007 would be his last international appearance.

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15. Brian Lara was run out for 18 after a mix up with Marlon Samuels; England won the game by 1 wicket.

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16. Brian Lara played his final international game on 21 April 2007 in a dead rubber World Cup game against England.

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17. On 10 April 2007 Brian Lara confirmed his retirement from one day cricket post the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

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18. On 26 April 2006 Brian Lara was reappointed the captain of the West Indies cricket team for the third time.

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19. Brian Lara was reappointed as captain against the touring Australians in 2003, and struck 110 in his first Test match back in charge, showing a return to stellar performance.

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20. Brian Lara captained the West Indies from 1998 to 1999, when West Indies suffered their first whitewash at the hands of South Africa.

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21. Brian Lara is the only man to have reclaimed the Test record score, having scored 375 against England in 1994, a record that stood until Matthew Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003.

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22. Brian Lara amassed his world record 501 in 474 minutes off only 427 balls.

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23. Brian Lara has the highest individual score in both first-class cricket and Test cricket (400 not out for the West Indies against England in 2004).

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24. Brian Lara went on to name his daughter Sydney after scoring 277 at SCG.

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25. In January 1993, Brian Lara scored 277 versus Australia in Sydney.

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26. Brian Lara had made his ODI debut a month earlier against Pakistan, scoring 11.

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27. In 1990, at the age of 20, Brian Lara became Trinidad and Tobago's youngest-ever captain, leading them that season to victory in the one-day Geddes Grant Shield.

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28. In January 1988, Brian Lara made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago in the Red Stripe Cup against Leeward Islands.

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29. Brian Lara captained the tournament-winning Trinidad and Tobago, who profited from a match-winning 116 from Lara.

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30. Brian Lara has the dubious distinction of playing in the second highest number of test matches in which his team was on the losing side, just behind Shivnarine Chanderpaul (68).

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31. Brian Lara is popularly nicknamed as "The Prince of Port of Spain" or simply "The Prince".

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32. In 2013, Brian Lara received Honorary Life Membership of the MCC becoming the 31st West Indian to receive the honor.

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33. Brian Lara was appointed honorary member of the Order of Australia on 27 November 2009.

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34. Brian Lara holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004.

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