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Batting star Lara gets ready for Lord’s

Published: 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Lara at Lords's
Cricket’s ‘Big’ boys are just having some fun ahead of Saturday's Lord's Bicentenary match between a MCC XI and a Rest of the World XI. Sachin Tendulkar, Brain Lara, Wasim Akram and Muthiah Muralitharan may have retired from the game, but it’s nothing like hitting the nets again.

Over the next two days, Guardian Sports Editor Valentino Singh will be bring our readers reports about World batting star Brian Lara, who will be featured in the World Team on Sunday for MCC to mark 200 years since the first game was played at Lord’s. 

 

 

VANENTINO SINGH
In Lord’s, England

 

Over the next two days, Guardian Sports Editor Valentino Singh will be bring our readers reports about World batting star Brian Lara, who will be featured in the World Team on Sunday for MCC to mark 200 years since the first game was played at Lord’s. 

 

The Prince of Port-of-Spain Brian Lara took to the nets here at Lord’s in London yesterday as he prepped for another lasting testament to his greatness, the 200th anniversary celebrations of the home of cricket, which will be commemorated on Saturday.

 

Yesterday, a fit looking Lara, now 45, was up against one of his much respected foes, legendary Australian leg spinner Shane Warne, who will lead a Rest of The World team against Lara’s MCC, which will have at its helm Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar. Both Lara and Tendulkar are honorary members of the MCC.

 

Lara and Warne shared an intense session in the Lords nets, reminiscent of their many great contests of yesteryear. “Really looking forward to Saturday,” said Lara, whose presence at the Sanderson Hotel has given a buzz to the venue.

 

Lara has been in London since June 17, and played in a game celebrating the occasion for the MCC against Hertfordshire, hitting an impressive 56 and guiding his team to a commanding seven-wicket win. “He looked like the Lara of yesterday,” said one autograph seeker who saw the innings. “Once he is playing in any match, I will be there, even when he reaches 100 years.”

 

Lara moved easily yesterday, showing a good appetite for Chinese food, and taking a group of Trinis who are here for the event to a restaurant about 15 minutes walk from the hotel. “Let’s walk,” he joked, “I need to maintain my fitness for Saturday.”

 

Among the group is businessman Fazil Jahoor, and his wife Maureen from Claxton Bay, ardent supporters of Lara. “We have been followers of Brian before he reached where he is today and have seen him score hundreds of thousands of runs. This will probably be a last chance to see him at the home of cricket and we felt it necessary to be here to see him play at the home of cricket for one last time on such a momentuous occasion.”

 

They will be joined by hundreds of followers of the sport who have already purchased tickets for Saturday’s event. The game was sold out days ago, despite the obvious sporting attractions around the world, including the World Cup and Wimbledon.

 

“Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara on the same team? What a great way for Lord’s to celebrate 200 years, And we haven’t spoken about the other players as yet,”noted Earl Clifford, another Trinidadian who is here to support the event.

 

Lara is expected to return to the nets today, along with several of the other foreign players who have been arriving for the occasion.

 

Among them are Brett Lee, Muttiah Murilatharan, Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid, Adam Gilchrist and Kevin Pietersen.

 

“It is going to be a day to remember,” noted a young fan who came with his bat seeking a Lara autograph. “I won’t miss it for the world.”