He was special

Brian Lara...a delight to watch.-AP

Brian Charles Lara, who retired from international cricket, is one of the greatest batsmen of all time. West Indies has produced many wonderful cricketers, but this man was very special.

Lara led an inexperienced team and was always under pressure while batting. He scored 34 centuries, many of which were made when his team was in crises. This itself is a testimony to his great batsmanship. He is a delight to watch, especially his wristwork.

The world of cricket will miss Lara's sublime batting skills.

M. Sathya Ram Gopal, Hyderabad A phenomenon

The king of West Indies cricket, Brian Lara, will be known for his records along with Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. His retirement is a great loss to West Indies cricket. It will be hard to find another cricketer of his calibre.

R. Jishi, Thiruvananthapuram A loss to cricketing community

Brian Charles Lara was undoubtedly one of the best batsmen the world has ever seen. Ever since the great Don Bradman, no batsman has managed to build huge scores as frequently and as quickly as Lara has done.

Lara's records of 11953 Test runs at an average 52.88 with a highest score of 400 not out and 10405 one-day runs at 40.48 speak volumes of his ability. His high backlift and electrifying cover drives will stand out in the memories of his fans.

Unfortunately, Lara was a player who did not get the honours he deserved. On many occasions he single-handedly won matches for his side, but there were also times when the rest of the team could not stand up for Lara.

Though Lara was a failure in all his three stints as captain, the Prince of Trinidad tormented bowlers around the globe and was respected by the players, umpires and cricket lovers.

His retirement is a major loss to the cricketing community. I stand along with millions of people worldwide to thank and salute the great man for his 17 brilliant years of cricket and wish him all the best for his future.

Siddhartha Nambiar, Karaikal (Puducherry) He will be missed

Brian Lara has many fans around the world, including in India. These fans will miss one of cricket's most outstanding batsmen.

A. Megha, Hyderabad Simpson is spot on

This is with reference to Bob Simpson's column in Sportstar, April 21. It is really heartening to note that at least one Australian cricketer feels that Greg Chappell was wrong in his approach in coaching the Indian team.

This article clearly states how Greg Chappell mis-handled the players, especially the seniors.

Right from day one of his tenure, he wanted to have a say in the affairs of Indian Cricket. Of course one man who toed Chappell's line was Kiran More, who had his own interests.

Simpson's column should open the eyes of the BCCI who should think twice before handing over the charge of the NCA to him.

N. Mahadevan, Chennai