The legendary West Indies cricketer, Brian Lara is celebrating his 51st birthday on Saturday and wishes poured in from all parts of the globe for the cricket legend. The International Cricket Council (ICC) took to Twitter to recalled a “classic from the Prince” that saw the West Indies progress to the semi-finals of the 1996 World Cup.
Captioning the video on Twitter, ICC wrote: “It’s Brian Lara’s birthday, but this gem of an innings is a gift for all of us. From the archives, a classic from the Prince in the 1996 @cricketworldcup. His 111 from 94 balls against South Africa carried West Indies to the semi-final.”
It's Brian Lara's birthday, but this gem of an innings is a gift for all of us 😍
— ICC (@ICC) May 2, 2020
The veteran Indian skipper, Harbhajan Singh was among the first cricketers to wish Lara on Twitter.
Bhajji tweeted: “Happy birthday to the most dashing, dominating, stylish, left handed batsman that has played the game.. Prince of Trinidad A top man @BrianLara Glad I played cricket in the era where these legends played the game and inspired.”
Happy birthday to the most dashing,dominating,stylish,left handed batsman that has played the game.. Prince of Trinidad 🇹🇹 A top man @BrianLara Glad I played cricket in the era where these legends played the game and inspired 🏏 pic.twitter.com/PqIaX1OWDt
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 2, 2020
Here are some birthday wished which came for the batting legend:
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 2, 2020
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) May 2, 2020
Happy birthday to the legend, the Prince of Trinidad & Tobago and a great human being @BrianLara 🙌🏻 Hope you have a beautiful year ahead and soon we'll do our dance lessons 😅🤗 pic.twitter.com/WhVSdsxW6w
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 2, 2020
Lara holds the record for the highest individual score in Test cricket. The West Indies great remained unbeaten on 400 against England in Antigua in 2004. Lara made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1990 and went on to play 131 matches for the Caribbean team.
Brian Lara amassed as many as 11,953 runs with the help of 34 centuries and 48 half-centuries in the longest format of the game. In 1994, Lara smashed 501 runs, the highest individual score in first-class cricket, as he went past Pakistan’s Hanif Mohammad who had scored 499. Lara also represented the West Indies in 299 ODIs. He scored over 10,000 runs in the 50-over format and slammed 19 centuries during his 17-year long career.