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Thursday, Sep 23, 2021
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Left Hand Drive

Lara's talent is undeniable and his place among the pantheons of cricket secure, the lows notwithstanding.

Left Hand Drive
Left Hand Drive
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Talk of Brian Charles Lara and the topic inevitably moves to Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar leading to a comparison between two of the most gifted cricketers of our time. Probably all times. But with hepatitis laying Lara low, the prospects of another "Lara vs. Tendulkar" show on Indian soil have been cast aside.

Even if it is difficult to talk about one without referring to the other, we shall confine ourselves, for the purpose of this piece, to Brian Lara.

Blessed with an elegance that comes almost naturally to all left-handers, Lara’s appetite for big scores is perhaps unparalleled. At a time, when cricket has become a year-long game, how many can dream of piling up world’s highest Test score and the highest first-class score at the same time. That he achieved in a period of few weeks in 1994, when he hit 375 against England and then batting for Warwickshire tore the Durham attack for 501 runs.

A short man with a slightly squat stance, Lara bats with an exaggerated backlift. And his feet move at a speed, which would do the world’s fastest sprinter proud. When...

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