While everyone is busy with naming the ‘best eleven’ or their ‘best players’ of the decade, former West Indian legend, Brian Lara has named the series of ‘Five Best’ players in putting them in different categories.
Lara is one of the greatest players of all time. He is eighth highest run-scorer in international cricket. From 1990-2007, the left-handed batsman played 430 games, scoring 22,358 runs at an average of 46.28 with 53 hundreds and 111 half-centuries, including the highest individual score of 400 not out.
Lara covered the Indian Premier League this year as SRH’s Batting Coach. In IPL 2021 where he worked as an expert commentary Panel at Star Sports, There he named some of the best players he has ever played. It was divided into two parts, those who played before him and those who played in his era.
He commented on the debate over who is the greatest cricketer to ever emerge in all time. He mentioned the past stars Sir Garry Sobers, Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Don Bradman, pointing out that it is difficult to name one Accordingly, he commented to Star Sports:
“The Greatest Of All Time has to be. different eras. I am someone who finds it very difficult to have an opinion on the Greatest Of All Time when there are so many good ones. I mean, back in the day, of course, Don Bradman. Let me give you a few Garfield Sobers, a great all-rounder, Sir Vivian Richards, a great batsman.”
He also said that Sachin Tendulkar was the best batsman of his era and Jacques Kallis was the best all-rounder.
“Then, in my time, you had guys like Jacques Kallis, all-around ability, Sachin Tendulkar, a great batsman. So, quite a few. I think I love, really appreciating each player for what they brought to the game.”
In the ‘Five Best Bowlers I have played against’ category, the left-hander picked the Pakistani swing kings Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, the Australian duo of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
Lara shared his list of the best five batsmen of the current era. Lara said that India’s Virat Kohli, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, England’s Joe Root, AB de Villiers, and former Australia skipper Steve Smith as the best batsmen of today’s time.
In the bowler’s category, Lara said that he thinks Jasprit Bumrah, England’s Jofra Archer and James Anderson, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, and Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan are the best five of the current era.
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