Brian Lara was born on 2 may 1969 in Trinidad, West Indies. He has 10 siblings of which he was the second youngest child. His father was a businessman and he enrolled Lara into a cricket coaching class when he was just 7 years old. From a very young age he started to play very good cricket. For his primary schooling, he went to St Joseph's Catholic School. Later he was enrolled into San Juan Secondary School. At his high school, he started to lay in the school league. Hsi record of 745 runs in the league along with an average of 123.16 got his selection in the Trinidad under 16 teams. A series of good performances earned him a call from the under 19 teams. At just 15 years of age, he started to play for the under 19 team which is a great feat to achieve.

After his education got over he got a job in the marketing department. He, however, didn't stop playing cricket. He walks red very hard to manage both his work and his cricket. In 1987 he scored 498 runs in the West India Youth Championship which was a record highest score by any player in the short. He was made the captain o the team and led the team to victory the very same year.

In 1988 he was given the first class cap and almost scored a century on his debut scoring 92 runs in his first match itself. He played some great knock for the youth team that earned him a place in the senior national team. He made his debut in 1990 against Pakistan. He, however, couldn't score many runs as he got out on 44 and 5 runs respectively in both earnings. He also made his ODI debut the same month against Pakistan. He scored just 11 runs in his first match.

In a match against Australia Lara scored 277 runs winning the match. His performance was so immense that it pushed the West Indian team to win both the final matches to win the series 2-1 against a very strong Australian team in Australia. He later named his daughter Sydney in remembrance of his score. He gave some of the most memorable performances in cricket history such as his 400 not out against England in 2004 which is to date the highest score made by any batsman in a test innings.

He has a plethora of world records to his name such as 400 not out, also he has scored 501 runs in the first class circuit which is another world record still unbroken. He has been awarded the Wisden Cricketer of the year on multiple occasions. He has also been given the overseas player of the year by the English cricket. He hasn't won any world cup which is a shame really as he could've easily won it if his team was a little better. He retired from the international react in 2007.

Lara is a married man and has two children. He lives with his wife in West Indies. He has created a foundation that helps the poor and unprivileged and he spends his time off of cricket in helping the poor thimbleful. Along with a great cricket player, he is a very humble human being and has been lauded as the best player by many. His net worth is $20 million.


Last Modified: May 10, 2020

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