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Brian Charles Lara, TC, OCC, AM is a former Trinidadian international cricket player. He is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all-time. He topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history.

Brian Lara
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Brian Lara shows how to swing a bat on 19 April 2009.
Personal information
Full name Brian Charles Lara
Born (1969-05-02) 2 May 1969 (age 47)
Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago
Nickname Princey
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role Batsman
Website #
International information
National side
Test debut 6 December 1990 v Pakistan
Last Test 27 November 2006 v Pakistan
ODI debut 9 November 1990 v Pakistan
Last ODI 21 April 2007 v England
ODI shirt no. 9
Domestic team information
Years Team
1987–2008 Trinidad and Tobago
1992–1993 Transvaal
1994–1998 Warwickshire
2010 Southern Rocks
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 131 299 261 429
Runs scored 11,953 10,405 22,156 14,602
Batting average 52.88 40.48 51.88 39.67
100s/50s 34/48 19/63 65/88 27/86
Top score 400* 169 501* 169
Balls bowled 60 49 514 130
Wickets 4 4 5
Bowling average 15.25 104.00 29.80
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/5 1/1 2/5
Catches/stumpings 164/– 120/– 320/– 177/–
Source: cricinfo.com, 4 February 2012

Brian Charles Lara, TC, OCC, AM (born 2 May 1969) is a former Trinidadian international cricket player. He is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all-time. He topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history.

Lara also holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. He is the only batsman to have ever scored a century, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games over the course of a senior career. Lara also shares the test record of scoring the highest number of runs in a single over in a Test match, when he scored 28 runs off an over by Robin Peterson of South Africa in 2003 (matched in 2013 by Australia's George Bailey).

Lara's match-winning performance of 153 not out against Australia in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1999 has been rated by Wisden as the second best batting performance in the history of Test cricket, next only to the 270 runs scored by Sir Donald Bradman in The Ashes Test match of 1937. Muttiah Muralitharan, rated as the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, and the highest wicket-taker in both Test cricket and in One Day Internationals (ODIs), has hailed Lara as his toughest opponent among all batsmen in the world. Lara was awarded the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World awards in 1994 and 1995 and is also one of only three cricketers to receive the prestigious BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, the other two being Sir Garfield Sobers and Shane Warne.

Brian Lara was appointed honorary member of the Order of Australia on 27 November 2009. On 14 September 2012 he was inducted to the ICC's Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony held in Colombo, Sri Lanka as a 2012–13 season inductee along with Australians Glenn McGrath and former England women all-rounder Enid Bakewell. In 2013, Lara received Honorary Life Membership of the MCC becoming the 31st West Indian to receive the honor.

Brian Lara is popularly nicknamed as "The Prince of Port of Spain" or simply "The Prince". He has the dubious distinction of playing in the second highest number of test matches (63) in which his team was on the losing side, just behind Shivnarine Chanderpaul (68).