Brian Lara, West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Brian Lara, born May 2, 1969, is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen on all time. The Trinidadian legend turned 49 on Wednesday. Lara holds numerous batting records, including the highest scores in Tests and First-Class cricket. While Lara’s 501* for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994 is the only quintuple-hundred in First-Class history, his 400* for West Indies against England at St John’s in 2004 is the only quadruple-hundred in Test cricket. Lara had already broken Garry Sobers’ long-standing world record with his 375 against England at St John’s in 1994. Matthew Hayden scored 380 in 2003-04, but Lara took less than a year to slam 400 not out.

Lara made his international debut at Karachi in 1990. He went on to play 131 Tests and 299 ODIs. He scored 11,953 runs at 52.88 in Tests with 34 centuries, while in ODIs he amassed 10,405 runs at 40.48 and registered 19 tons.

On the occasion of Lara’s 49th birthday, Cricket Australia posted the highlights of his ODI hundred against Australia at Sydney in 2001. Lara played a lone hand in the losing cause and smashed a 106-ball 116*.

On Lara’s 49th birthday, CricketCountry lists some of the timeless pieces on the West Indian legend

Brian Lara – The preface of textbook cricket

Brian Lara makes his Twenty20 (T20) debut

‘Ambidextrous’ XI 2: Left-handed batsmen, right-handed bowlers

The L’s: Style and substance with bat, absolute brilliance with ball

World Cup 1996: Brian Lara delivers knock-out punch to South Africa

Brian Lara’s forgotten hundred against Australia lights up St John’s

Lara becomes 1st batsman to score 500 in an innings

Lara announces himself on world stage with brilliant 277 against Australia

Brian Lara: Flash of willow, spray of talent, mountains of runs

Brian Lara makes highly-anticipated County debut, for Warwickshire against Glamorgan

Brian Lara becomes first man in history to reclaim record for Test highest; remains unbeaten on 400

West Indies All-Time XI

Lara’s greatness in numbers compared to other left-handed greats in Test history

Happy birthday, legend! We wish you a great, great fiftieth year ahead!