The West Indies would have been wise to draft legend Brian Lara into their injury-hit side in Adelaide after the 53-year-old showed he’s still got it in a priceless net session with Rashid Khan.
Lara played his last Test match 16 years ago in 2006, but he showed against the Afghanistan and Strikers spinner that hasn’t lost any of the skill that saw him blast 11,953 runs in 131 Tests at an average of 52.88.
Lara, who is in Australia for the recently concluded two-match Test series between the hosts and the West Indies as part of the commentary team, was a great player of spin during his prime and despite being 53 showed that he has still got it.
Lara was given the challenge to score 12 runs off Rashid in one over and the left-hander played a couple of brilliant strokes – a cut through backward point and a lofted shot towards mid-on after dancing down the track.
Unbelievable scenes yday when people came from everywhere to see @BrianLara take on @rashidkhan_19 on @FoxCricket
A couple of fine gentlemen who gave everyone a huge thrill.
Full piece below https://t.co/EHZEbU8X33 pic.twitter.com/XNg3aaUfVx
— Mark Howard (@MarkHoward03) December 10, 2022
Rashid, who is in Australia for the 12th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) where he will ply his trade for the Adelaide Strikers, was nervous to bowl to Lara, however, he manage to stop the West Indies great to 11 runs and it was a tie.
“It is unbelievable,” Rashid said. “As soon as I heard that I was going to bowl to him I was super excited and nervous as well. It is going to be a different day for me bowling to someone like Brian Lara, who is a great player of spin bowling. I think it is going to be a great challenge for me.
“It is not just about winning and losing, but I am proud to bowl to him,” Rashid was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
After the over, Lara too admitted that it was great fun to face-off against Rashid while taking a cheeky dig on the star leggie saying that he might not be in his top form.
“It was good fun. Low trajectory. I think Rashid may not be in top form at the moment, but it was just awesome and a privilege to face the great man,” he said.
Social media lit up with pundits and fans in awe of Lara’s brilliant performance with the bat and called for him to get a call-up for the struggling Windies against Australia.
Watch Full Video;
Retirement? Lara looks like he’s ready to make a comeback.
Brian Lara vs Rashid Khan net session was pure ENTERTAINMENT! 🔥🔥🔥
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 10, 2022