Sunday, March 25, 2007

A 13 year old dream ..

Almost 13 years ago, Brian Lara received a clamorous welcome when he returned to Trinidad after making a then-record Test score of 375 against England in Antigua. He was showered with gifts and walked a crimson carpet as crowds flocked to the airport to glimpse West Indies' new cricketing messiah. Fans held children aloft to see the man with the golden bat who embodied the Caribbean islands' hopes of a new era of domination. One of those kids was a 10-year-old boy from the valley town of Santa Cruz who recounts 'I was at the airport when Lara came back home. Someone lifted me up to see as I was too small. People were saying to me, "In 10 years' time we hope it is you that we are coming to see." A couple of weeks later I actually met him in person, in our village [Cantaro] in Santa Cruz. Talk was going around that I was going to be "the next Lara", so he asked me about that and I just smiled. I was just happy to be around him. Knowing that he was the best player in the world and that I could actually be so close and talk to him was something I admired.'

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