Brian Lara had recently hinted that he might retire from one-dayers after the World Cup to prolong his Test career. If the West Indies skipper sticks to his stand, the 37-year-old could well be making his last appearance in an ODI in India at Vadodara on Wednesday.
“I’ve enjoyed playing in India. I’ve grown to love this place,” Lara said on Tuesday. “I came here first as a 14-year-old with the Trinidad and Tobago schoolboys’ team in 1984 and the tour was a huge eye-opener for me. But overall, the last 22 years have seen a tremendous growth in my relationship with the Indian public.”
However, Lara, who has scored 10,133 runs in 289 ODIs, admitted that despite his lack of success against India in India — 443 runs in 13 matches, with just two fifties — he has cherished playing in India.
“Many people say that I have not really performed well with the bat against India,” he said. “However, I love playing a country where people appreciate cricket. It’s always nice to play cricket in a country where cricket is the No. 1 sport. It is not the case in England and Australia, where the EPL or the Socceroos rule over cricket.”