Drawing: Brian Lara

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The former West Indian cricketer Brian Lara is arguable regarded as the best batsman of the modern era. He topped the test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several 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. He also holds the highest individual score in a test innings with 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004.

He is the only batsman to have scored a hundred, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games. Lara also holds the test record of scoring the highest number of runs in a single over in a test match when he scored 28 off Robin Peterson of South Africa in 2003.

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 scored by Sir Donald Bradman in the Ashes Test match of 1937.

I sent my sketch to Brian at Warwickshire in 1994, when he was captain of the county side.

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