Brian Lara has been rated as one of the greatest batsman of all time © Getty Images
Brian Lara has been rated as one of the greatest batsman of all time © Getty Images

Born on May 2, 1969, West Indian batting legend Brian Charles Lara celebrates his 46th birthday on Saturday. Considered by many as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Lara is best known for being the only batsmen in the history of international cricket to score a quadruple century. Among the multitude of records that the Trinidadian holds is his innings of 501 not out in an English County Championship match, the highest individual First-Class score. READ: Brian Lara’s final day in international cricket

Born in Santa Cruz in Trinidad, Lara made his One-Day International (ODI) debut during the 1990-91 tour of Pakistan, appearing in his first Test in the very same tour. His first major breakthrough in international cricket was his knock of 277 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Among his other memorable knocks in that decade was his unbeaten 153 against the Australians, this time at Barbados, that helped secure a miraculous one-wicket win for his side. The knock was rated as the second-greatest Test innings by Wisden in 2001. READ: Brian Lara’s epic 153 not out against Australia

Format M Runs HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Tests 131 11,953 400* 52.88 60.51 34 48
ODIs 299 10,405 169 40.48 79.51 19 63

Among the multitude of records that Lara holds in international cricket is the record for the highest First-Class score, which is attributed to his knock of 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994. He consumed only 427 balls during that innings, hitting 10 sixes and 62 fours. He had broken Sir Garfield Sobers‘ record for the highest Test score when he amassed 375 against England in the same year. The record stood for nine years until Matthew Hayden‘s 380 eclipsed it. Lara however, did not waste much time in reclaiming the record a year later with the legendary 400 not out against England. READ: Brian Lara becomes first man to reclaim record for Test highest