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20 Ridiculous Truths About Brian Lara

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

2. Brian Lara is popularly nicknamed as “The Prince of Port of Spain” or simply “The Prince”.

3. His father Bunty and one of his older sisters Agnes Cyrus enrolled him in the local Harvard Coaching Clinic at the age of six for weekly coaching sessions on Sundays.

4. As a result, Lara had a very early education in correct batting technique.

5. He then went to San Juan Secondary School, which is located on Moreau Road, Lower Santa Cruz.

6. A year later, at fourteen years old, he moved on to Fatima College where he started his development as a promising young player under cricket coach Mr. Harry Ramdass.

7. When he was 15 years old, he played in his first West Indian under-19 youth tournament and that same year, Lara represented West Indies in Under-19 cricket.

8. Michael got Lara his first job at Angostura Ltd. in the marketing department.

9. Lara played in Trinidad and Tobago junior soccer and table tennis sides but Lara believed that cricket was his path to success, saying that he wanted to emulate his idols Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards and Roy Fredericks.

10. 1987 was a breakthrough year for Lara, when in the West Indies Youth Championships he scored 498 runs breaking the record of 480 by Carl Hooper set the previous year. He captained the tournament-winning Trinidad and Tobago, who profited from a match-winning 116 from Lara.

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

12. In his second first-class match he made 92 against a Barbados attack containing Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall, two greats of West Indies teams.

13. Later in the same year, he captained the West Indies team in Australia for the Bicentennial Youth World Cup where the West Indies reached the semi-finals.

14. Later that year, his innings of 182 as captain of the West Indies under 23 XI against the touring Indian team further elevated his reputation.

15. His first selection for the full West Indies team followed in due course, but unfortunately coincided with the death of his father and Lara withdrew from the team.

16. Dans 1989, he captained a West Indies B Team in Zimbabwe and scored 145.

17. It was also in 1990 that he made his belated Test debut for West Indies against Pakistan, scoring 44 and 5.

18. He had made his ODI debut a month earlier against Pakistan, scoring 11.

19. This, his maiden Test century in his fifth Test, was the turning point of the series as West Indies won the final two Tests to win the series 2–1.

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

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