Former West Indies captain Brian Lara is rewinding the clock to the good old days with his sumptuous strokeplay and gobsmacking authoritative display of batsmanship with his recent exploits in the Bushfire Charity game in Melbourne and now in the ongoing Road Safety World Series where he is leading the West Indies Legends.
Lara gave another example of why they say that ‘form is temporary but class is permanent’ when he dished out his premium strokeplay against the Indian Legends in the inaugural game of the tournament.
Lara is someone who has been an avid follower of the modern whether it is in his capacity as a pundit or as a commentator, and the former captain, in an exclusive interview with Sportstar, opened up on a variety of things concerning the modern game, including the performance of the batsman of the current era; his favourite batter and on the future of Test cricket.
Lara revealed that out of the many brilliant batsmen that are enthralling the folklore currently, KL Rahul remains his favourite.
“I follow the West Indies as you know. They did pretty well in Sri Lanka in the T20 version of the game. Around the world, there are so many amazing batsmen to look at. There is Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. My favourite is KL Rahul,” Lara revealed to Sportstar.
Brian Lara worried about the ‘health’ of Test cricket
Lara said that he is happy that cricket remains at the pink of its health, as far as the commercial aspect is concerned, his only concern is around the future of Test cricket.
The ‘Prince of Trinidad’ reminisced about him– as a kid– used to wait in long queues outside the Queens Park Oval, at six o’clock in the morning for a Test match, something which is not the case now.
“Cricket is healthy, the commercial side seems to be pretty good, which is important. My only concern I think is maybe, Test cricket. You’d like to see it find a way to shine again. When I was a kid, it was the form of the game that everybody wanted to watch.”
” We had thousands of people outside the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad. When I was a kid, we would be waiting to get inside to watch a Test at six o’clock in the morning. That’s not the case today. Obviously, the game has evolved and it’s a lot more attractive — the shorter version of the game. But my only concerns really would be to see if we can get Test cricket to shine again,” he added.
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