“He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy!” so said Brian’s mother in Life of Brian.
Brian Lara isn’t the Messiah either, and I doubt his mum thinks he’s anything other than God’s gift to batting – and so do we. Commentators wet themselves at the very sight of him walking to the crease, adding his middle-name for added gravitas. “Brian Charles Lara has another hundred”. It always annoyed me hearing people get so sickly about one man’s genius, but it’s hard to deny them their enjoyment any longer. Another monstrous pile of runs today and he’s unbeaten on 196.
Who’s to say by tomorrow afternoon he won’t be approaching 400? Again.