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Brian Lara, the former West Indian legend, is known to be one of the best left-handed batsmen the cricket world has ever witnessed. He took the bowlers away by storm with his shot making and aggressive intent during the 1990’s. Arguably, the finest middle-order batsman produced by the Caribbean nations post their golden age, Lara was the epitome of class blended with talent.

The stylish batsman was diagnosed with Hepatitis B during the Champions Trophy in Colombo in September 2002. He had been rushed to the hospital after scoring a century in a pool game where doctors confirmed the disease. He was, therefore, dropped from the team and the West Indies Cricket Board refused to issue a detailed statement on Lara’s condition citing privacy reasons.

Although Hepatitis B, a blood-related disease, is considered more dangerous than even AIDS. Hepatitis B is considered curable but numerous cases end up with major malfunctioning of the liver. The question, thus, wasn’t whether Lara would return, but rather if he would be able to be back in his previous form.

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                                     Lara after scoring 400 against England in 2004

But all this didn’t stop Lara from cementing his name in the legends book. Lara scored test cricket’s first ever, and so far the only 400, in 2004 against England, regaining his world record back from Mathew Hayden. Geniuses like Brian Charles Lara inspires us to never give up in any situations.


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