When President Barack Obama got cricket lessons from Brian Lara

President Barack Obama is a left-hander. It was fitting, thus, that he got his cricket lessons from arguably one of best left-handed batsmen alive on the planet. The lessons came from West Indies legend Brian Lara at the Obama Terrace, Hilton Trinidad and Tobago from April 17 19, 2009. Obama learnt about stance position, forward defensive stroke as well as the cover-drive.

Lara, native of Trinidad, presented the United States President an autographed cricket bat, which reads: “To the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in appreciation of your visit to T&T. Best Wishes”.

Obama was in Trinidad for the Fifth Summit of the Americas and happened to meet Lara and share a few laughs besides posing for the shutterbugs.

Lara came to meet the President on the invitation of the White House.

“I always wanted to meet the Michael Jordan of cricket,” is how president Obama apparently greeted Lara.