Former West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara has been given an honorary doctorate by the DY Patil University in India.
Lara, who is in India, made the announcement on his Instagram page on Thursday morning.
"What an amazing experience visiting the @dypatiluniversity Campus today and meeting Dr. Vijay D Patil and seeing his work across sports, education and healthcare was phenomenal. From the DY Patil Sports Stadium, one of the great stadia that I have visited and the @dypatilsportsacademy to the visit to the @dypatiluniversity Medical Simulation Lab was extremely fascinating," Lara stated.
"I am honoured! An Honorary Doctorate bestowed on me by the University. WOW," he added.
Lara, who is popularly nicknamed "The Prince of Port-of-Spain", has been widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.
He was awarded Trinidad and Tobago's highest award, the Trinity Cross (later changed to the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) in 2013.
He holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, and the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004.
Brian Lara was appointed honorary member of the Order of Australia on 27 November 2009.
On 14 September 2012 he was inducted to the ICC's Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony held in Colombo, Sri Lanka as a 2012–13 season inductee along with Australians Glenn McGrath and former England women all-rounder Enid Bakewell.
In 2013, Lara received Honorary Life Membership of the MCC becoming the 31st West Indian to receive the honor.
- by Sampson Nanton