Warner should have gone after my world record, says Lara
MUMBAI: Brian Lara says Australia should have allowed David Warner to try to break his world record score of 400, and the West Indies batting considers the Indian duo of Rohit Sharma and Prithvi Shaw among his favorites to improve the brand.
The first batter Warner scored an undefeated 335 in the recent Day and Night Test against Pakistan in Adelaide Oval, but Captain Tim Paine's statement stole the opportunity to press for Lara's world record.
Lara was casually present in Adelaide the day Warner scored the triple ton to pass Don bradman and Mark Taylor's highest scores of 334.
I really felt it was a kind of destiny, being in Adelaide at the same time that something like that was about to unfold, the 50-year-old told Reuters before starting the Habitat Charity event for Indian Humanity in Mumbai.
I felt that I should have had the opportunity to chase him.
Australia concluded the second test with more than a day to spare to record a 2-0 victory in the series and Warner has said that Paine's decision had his backing.
Lara, who lent her support to the charity that provides shelter to disadvantaged sectors of society, said she appreciated Paine's intention to declare and force a rain forecast result in the last two days of the game.
Obviously, Australia was going to testify, but it felt like it gave her another five or 10 chances, maybe even telling her why she is a very good Twenty20 hitter, Lara said.
If you say 'hey get into that T20 mood and see if you can go for it.' I think it would have been great to see it and records have been made to break.
Of course they have great respect for Sir Donald Bradman and his achievements, but I think maybe he could have had a little interest.
An avid golf player after his retirement from the game in 2007, Lara met Warner at the Australian Open pro-am golf on Wednesday.
When I met him I asked him 'what happened?' He said 'this is all great'. That's it. We didn't focus on that, we were about to play golf, Lara said, before bursting out laughing.
I think it is important that you understand that it is nothing you can focus on. I think it has to be destiny, the perfect situation.
If it happens, I think it will be an incredible experience for the person and it will be good for cricket.
Lara, who scored his huge 400 not against England in 2004 in Antigua, said there are quite a few players around the world who have the opportunity to beat their record, but they have to be a mold of attack.
He mentioned the opening hitter with limited limitations Rohit, who has the highest score of 264 in the cricket of more than 50 and is the owner of three double hundreds in the format, and the young Shaw as possible candidates.
Last year, Shaw scored a 134 attack on his 19-year-old debut against the West Indies and continued with a 70 and 33 undefeated in the second Test against the Caribbean side, but his career has been affected by injuries and a doping ban.
A guy like Rohit Sharma who you know you wonder if he's still a test cricketer or not, Lara said of Rohit, who has made a fresh start to his Test career by moving up to open the innings for India.
If you start on a good day, on your day, on a good court, in the right situation, you can do it.
You will need an attack option. I know he got off the radar a bit, Prithvi Shaw was one of those attack options. Hey, here is a 19-year-old who has the world in front of him, I hope he can come. Come back soon.