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Idiot
04-22-2007, 09:20 AM
Brian Lara announced his retirement from international cricket on April 19 following West Indies' Super Eights win against Bangladesh. Rumours were rife that the selectors were contemplating dropping him from West Indies' tour of England in May. Lara pre-empted any such decision by announcing that his last international match would be the dead rubber against England on April 21. Below is the full coverage of news, reactions, comments and pictures on Lara's 17-year career.

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Excellent Decision :b:

Great Good bye to one of the best Player :sm08:

Idiot
04-22-2007, 09:23 AM
One-day debut v Pakistan at Karachi, 1990 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/story/=)
Brian Lara made his one-day international debut against Pakistan at Karachi. He scored 11 and was trapped leg before by Waqar Younis.


Test debut v Pakistan at Lahore, 1990 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1990-91/WI_IN_PAK/WI_PAK_T3_06-11DEC1990.html)
Lara replaced Carlisle Best in the Test team and made his debut in the third Test against Pakistan at Lahore. He made 44 and 5 as the match was drawn.


Sizzler at Sydney v Australia at Sydney, 1993 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1992-93/WI_IN_AUS/WI_AUS_T3_02-06JAN1993.html)
Lara scored his maiden Test century, a sizzling 277 against Australia at Sydney. He rated it as his best innings and it was the fourth-highest maiden century in Test cricket.


Going past Sobers v England in Antigua, 1994 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1993-94/ENG_IN_WI/ENG_WI_T5_16-21APR1994.html)
Sir Garry Sobers' 365 - the highest individual score in Tests - had stood for 36 years before Lara took to England at Antigua. Lara scored 375 out of West Indies's 593 in the first innings as the match was drawn. "I'm only 24, and I must try my best to keep going and to improve," Lara said. "I will be aiming to beat my record, and I think I can do it one day."

Birmingham blitz v Warwickshire v Durham, 1994 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1994/ENG_LOCAL/CC/R06/WARWICKS_DURHAM_CC_02-06JUN1994.html)
Less than two months after Lara had surpassed Sobers' 365, he smashed 501 for Warwickshire against Durham and broke Hanif Mohammad's 499 as the highest score in first-class cricket (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/STATS/FC/BATTING/BAT_HIGH_INDIV_FC_SCORE.html).


Captaincy beckons v India in Barbados, 1997 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1996-97/IND_IN_WI/IND_WI_T3_27-31MAR1997.html)
Lara's first assignment as captain was the third Test of the home series against India at Barbados. He made a crucial 45 in the second innings to set India a target of 120. West Indies won by 38 runs.


His brilliant best v Australia, Barbados, 1998-99 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1998-99/AUS_IN_WI/SCORECARDS/AUS_WI_T3_26-30MAR1999.html)
Lara, who went into the series against Australia with his captaincy under pressure, smacked 213 in the second Test and 100 in the fourth to give them a 2-2 draw. His most remarkable knock came in between at Bridgetown. Set 308 to win on a pitch which held few favours, West Indies slumped to 105 for 5. But Lara brilliantly marshalled the tail, adding 53 for the ninth wicket with Curtly Ambrose and nine vital runs for the last wicket with Courtney Walsh. Lara finished unbeaten on 153, an innings rated by Wisden.com in 2000 as the second-best in Test history.

Most runs in a losing sideDecember, 2001 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2001-02/WI_IN_SL/SCORECARDS/WI_SL_T3_29NOV-03DEC2001.html)
Lara beat Andy Flower's 341 for most runs in a losing cause (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/STATS/TESTS/BATTING/TRIVIA/MOST_RUNS_ON_A_LOSING_SIDE.htm l). Against Sri Lanka, Lara totalled 351 runs (221 and 130) but Sri Lanka still won by ten wickets


The Prince overtakes the King November, 2003 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2003-04/WI_IN_ZIM/SCORECARDS/WI_ZIM_T2_12-16NOV2003.html)
Lara hammered 191 off just 203 balls, his first century against Zimbabwe, to become the highest run-scorer (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/STATS/WI/BATTING/TEST_BAT_MOST_RUNS_WI.html) for West Indies, breaking Vivian Richards' record of 8540. West Indies won the match by 128 runs to take the series 1-0.


4,6,6,4,4,4 December, 2003 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2003-04/WI_IN_RSA/SCORECARDS/WI_RSA_T1_12-16DEC2003.html)
West Indies were trailing by 228 runs in the first innings when Lara smashed 4,6,6,4,4,4, off Robin Peterson to break the world record for the most runs in an over (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/db/STATS/TESTS/BATTING/TEST_BAT_MOST_RUNS_OVER.html). Lara went on to reach 202 but a second-innings collapse resulted in a 189-run South African victory.


Captaincy calls again March, 2003 He was handed the reigns of the captaincy for the second time against the visiting Australians.



Lara announces retirement April 10, 2007 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/current/story/291504.html)
A year after he took over the reigns for the third time, Lara announced that he will be retiring from ODIs at the end of the World Cup. Ten days later, on April 20th, he announced his decision to quit from all forms of the game at the end of the tournament.


Last day at office April 21, 2007 (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/wc2007/engine/match/247504.html)

Lara managed 18 in his final knock against England in Barbados with his innings being abruptly cut short by a run-out. Marlon Samuels pushed to mid-on and hesitated on a run only for Lara to be out of his ground when Kevin Pietersen knocked down the stumps at the non-striker's end.