Brian Lara refuses to celebrate his birthday keeping India's fight against COVID-19 in mind

Brian Lara refuses to celebrate his birthday keeping India’s fight against COVID-19 in mind

Brian Lara was the heartthrob of West Indies cricket for almost two decades.

Brian Lara
Brian Lara. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Today is a very special day for legendary West Indian cricketer Brian Lara. Lara turns 52 today, and there will be plenty of reasons for him to celebrate this special occasion. But then, news has come in that the West Indian cricketing great has refused to celebrate his birthday.

Journalist Clayton Murzello has revealed that Lara refused to celebrate his 52nd birthday because of the tough times that the world is going through right now. Lauding Lara for his gesture, Murzello concluded his tweet by stating that Lara has a heart.

“Brian Lara refuses to celebrate his birthday. “Not in these times.” Well done, BC Lara. You have a heart,” read the tweet by Murzello.

You can see the tweet from Murzello below

Brian Lara is one of the greatest players to have wielded a cricket bat

Brian Lara is one of the greatest cricketers to have ever wielded a willow. The batting legend is the highest run-scorer for the West Indies in Test match cricket and has scored 11953 runs at a stunning average of 52.89. He also scored 34 centuries and 9 double centuries in his unprecedented Test career.

Apart from this, Lara also holds the record for scoring the highest ever individual score in Test cricket history. He plundered a sensational 400* against England in the year 2004, and it is a record that has not been beaten till today. Apart from the quadruple century that he scored, Lara also scored a classy 375 against England in the year 1994. He is till today the only batsman to have two scores in excess of 350 in Test cricket.

Even in ODI cricket, Lara has accumulated impressive numbers. The left-handed batting colossus has piled up 10405 runs in ODI cricket and has scored his runs at an average of 40.17. Lara also scored 19 centuries and 63 half-centuries in ODI cricket.

Lara was the heartthrob of West Indies cricket for almost two decades. The legendary West Indian cricketer retired from international cricket in the year 2007, after playing his final ODI against England at the Kensington Oval.