If we asked you to name a few players in the sport of cricket, the first couple of names you will take are Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, even if you’ve never followed the sport. Such is the greatness these two have achieved in their careers.
Today, the Prince of the Port of Spain – Brian Lara celebrates another milestone, turning 50 years old. In his lifetime, the legend has more or less achieved everything a sportsman would wish for.
Apart from the huge records set during his time on the pitch and those iconic Brian Lara Cricket games, we played as kids, here are a few lesser-known facts about one of the greatest cricket icons in the world.
The Lara cricket team
Brian Lara was one of 11 children. Having grown up with a big family, We could imagine the experience Brain had during his childhood days. Coming in at no. 10, Brian was among the younger lot, but looked up to his elder ‘teammates’ with utmost pride.
Also, one of the biggest reasons Brian became a big name in cricket was because of his elder sister, who had convinced their father, Bunty, to enroll him into a cricket coaching camp at the tender age of 6.
Not just cricket, Lara knew it all
Brian was a sporty little kid. The proof is that the young talent also played football during his young days. The Trinidadian was good at football and was often seen taking part in local tournaments.
Even now, post his celebrated life as a cricket player, Brian is a regular Golf man. He also became an honorary member for a lifetime by ‘Royal St. Kitts Golf Club.’
Not that he was good at it when he was a child, but Lara never left his touch with football later. Brian Lara has been close friends with former Manchester United and Aston Villa forward Dwight Yorke, who also hails from the Windies.
The two were so close-knit, that when Lara wanted to join county cricket in England, he chose Warwickshire, the place Aston villa was based out of. At the time, Yorke was a player at Villa.
Brian Lara back home is a god and there are so many landmarks in his name. To point a few out, there is a stadium built in his name in Trinidad. Something only great athletes have the honour of. Another is a landmark promenade in the heart of Trinidad which is named after the cricket great.
Not only this, Brian house back home is a major landmark on its own. Seated on a hill, that Lara entirely owns, the house can’t be missed.
‘Michael Jordan’ of cricket
Being one of the greatest to have played the sport, Brian was bound to have given glorious names. In his long career as Trinidad’s best export in cricket, the legend has made his mark on every sports enthusiasts heart, even if he is the president of the United States.
Former US president Barack Obama once hailed Brian Lara as the ‘Michael Jordan’ of cricket. Michael was the greatest ever to play basketball, by miles. A reference well deserved for someone so iconic, the world of cricket could never forget.