West Indies batting maestro and one of the greatest batsmen ever Brian Lara was asked by a journalist that “who will come close to Sachin Tendulkar’s record five years down the line?”
Brian Lara, in his usual calm and composed manner, said Sachin’s records can be broken but no one can come close to what he has achieved and also given to the game of cricket.
“I think that is not going to be achieved. In terms of stats, you can have players with better stats in the future. Virat Kohli in ODI cricket is exceptional,” Lara said.
“But, in sport, some individuals that doesn’t matter what era that you end, it could be 20-30 years down the line. There are boxers with better records than Mohammad Ali. But if you mention the word boxing you have to mention Mohammad Ali. Basketball, you have to mention Michael Jordan. There are maybe players on the verge of breaking his records. And when you speak about cricket, I will speak about Sachin Tendulkar,” Lara added.
This statement by the great Brian Charles Lara shows the kind of impact Sachin Tendulkar has had on the game of cricket. Brian Lara has always been a great admirer of Sachin Tendulkar and both these batsmen have been great friends off the field.
Brian Lara once said, “I want my son to bat like Sachin Tendulkar.”
Lara, who is also a batting maestro, has always been very respectful towards Sachin Tendulkar. Lara, in all his modesty, has always said that Sachin Tendulkar is a better batsman than him. But, those who followed Lara’s career, would agree that Lara’s impact on the game of cricket, especially West Indies cricket, is very significant.
Brian Lara is the only player in the history of cricket to score 400 runs in a single innings of a Test match.