Former West Indies captain Brian Lara is on the field once again- holding his guard and rewinding the clock to his heydays when he used to entertain the world with his amazing batting and sublime stroke–play. The left-hander now captaining West Indian Legends in the ongoing Road Safety World Series – a five team tournament to create awareness of traffic rules.
In the opening match of the tournament, Brian Lara thrilled the fans with yet another authoritative display of batsmanship in the short innings of 17 runs. Lara after the match, in an exclusive interview with Sportsstar, talked upon a number of things like performance of West Indies, his favourite modern day batsman and his love for Test Cricket.
The legendary West Indian is quite satisfied with the West Indies team’s progress and in the process, also revealed that for all the modern day greats, KL 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,” Brian Lara revealed to Sportstar.
Lara is also glad that the Cricket is slowly but definitely becoming a truly World-wide game. However, he also looked a bit worried about the future of Test cricket. Lara also became nostalgic remembering his childhood– when he 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.
“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.