Lara's highs

He has the highest individual score in both first-class cricket (501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Birmingham in June 1994) and Test cricket (400 not out for the West Indies against England at St. John's in April 2004).

His world record score of 501 not out came in 474 minutes off only 427 balls. 308 of those runs came from sixes and boundaries (10 sixes and 62 fours).

His Test aggregate of 11953 runs is the most by any batsman. He has held this record since November 2005, after overtaking Australian Allan Border's tally of 11174 runs.

He is the only player to have reclaimed the Test record score. He scored 375 against England at St. John's in April 1994, which was then surpassed by Australian Matthew Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe at Perth in October 2003. Lara eclipsed this mark with 400 not out against England at St. John's in 2004.

When he made 400 not out, he became the second player after Australia's Don Bradman to score two Test triple-centuries, and the second after Victorian batsman Bill Ponsford to score two first-class quadruple-centuries.

He has three first-class scores of over 350-plus. Only Ponsford and Bradman have achieved this feat.

He is the only batsman in first-class history to make three scores of 375-plus. Ponsford has only two!

He has scored nine double centuries in Test cricket, second only to Bradman's 12.

He has most scores over 150 in Tests — 19, one more than Bradman's 18.

He has the most centuries by a West Indian and the second most in Test cricket.

He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations.

He also scored 221 and 130 in the same Test at Colombo, SSC, a feat achieved by only five other batsmen in Test cricket history.

He holds the world record of scoring most runs in a single over (28 runs against left-arm spinner R. J. Peterson of South Africa) in Test cricket.

His highest score in ODIs is 169 (129 balls) which he made against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in October 1995.

His 10405 runs make him the fifth highest run scorer in ODIs.

In September 2004, under his captaincy, West Indies won the ICC Champions Trophy in England.

On December 16, 2006 he became the first from the West Indies and the fifth overall to pass 10,000 ODI runs. He thus became the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to achieve these landmarks in both forms of the game.

— Compiled by Mohandas Menon