Brian Lara honoured with Doctorate degree

Brian Lara holds the world record for most runs in an innings with 400 not out in Test cricket Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Trinidad: Oct 29, 2011

West Indian legend Brian Lara on Friday was conferred with a Doctor of Laws by the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, for his outstanding contribution to cricket and country.

Lara took the opportunity to dedicate his achievement to his Fatima College principal Clive Pantin.

“I thnk Mr Pantin, for giving me the opportunity to marry my sporting prowess with academic achievement, something I was not doing before, I stand before you all today, and Mr Pantin was the reason for this,” said Lara.

Lara shared the anecdote of his first meeting with Pantin.

“My father got a meeting with Mr Pantin and started the conversation saying that he had a future cricket star, to which Mr Pantin said, ‘I don’t want just a cricket star.'”

Lara had some words of encouragement for his fellow graduates in the class of 2011.

“We come from different backgrounds but what unites us is our common drive to make a positive contribution to the world,” he said.

“Set high hopes for yourself and so do not underestimate your capabilities. Be disciplined and work hard. Have confidence. Be competitive but never compromise your morals. Maintain a positive attitude. And always remain humble don’t let success change you,” said Lara.

Lara holds the Test cricket world record for most runs with 400 not out and the highest score in first class cricket with 501 not out.