In celebration of Brian Lara
is perhaps only rivalled by Warne
and to some extent, Ganguly
for the number of twists and turns his cricketing career
has gone through.
He has been dropped due to sponsor clashes
, one of the top batsman in the world
for a decade now, set many records
, scored 400 in a test innings
, criticized for his role in the Cable & Wireless fiasco
and extensively analyzed by his peers
The verdict however still remains. He is
a genius. Yesterday, he reached yet another pinnacle
when he went past Allan Border to become the record holder for the most runs by a batsman in tests. In fact, he scored a double century
on the first day. I think the last person to do that was Virender Sehwag
at Multan last year.
The first time I heard his name was in a report in 'The Hindu' during India's tour to West Indies in 1989. He had thrashed the bowlers around to make 182 in a tour game
. But he disappeared after that, without enough opportunities in a side where the senior players, such as Greenidge, Richards, Haynes etc. were still going strong. I watched him for the first time in the 1992 World Cup against Pakistan
where he blasted the bowling all around the ground before he retired hurt thanks to an absolutely unplayable toe-crusher from Wasim Akram, who was the only bowler to escape Lara's theme. Of course, after that he has never been anonymous.
Here is a collection of tributes to the master. I will keep updating this list as and when I find new columns. You're encouraged to leave comments here pointing to other columns so that I don't have to do all the hunting :) Simon Hughes