World record holder for highest individual score, Brian Lara, on Sunday visited Mother House and paid floral tribute to Mother Teresa.
The West Indian, regarded as one of the greatest players of all time from the Caribbean, spend a fruitful day beginning with a round of golf at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club course in the southern part of the city.
Lara’s next stop was the Mother House in central Kolkata where he prayed at the tomb of Mother Teresa. He then visited the ancestral home of Swami Vivekananda in northern part of the city.
The West Indian great was all ears when the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials informed him about Swami Vivekananda. Having missed the action of the first Test between India and the West Indies at the Gardens, Lara visited the Gardens and first posed with the wax replica of Sachin Tendulkar, placed at the Dr. B.C. Roy Club House lobby, and went around the venue. He had a close look at the pitch where the game ended in three days.
He spent some time at the dressing room where his compatriots had occupied during the Test.
Lara, who failed to appear in a Test match at the hallowed Eden Gardens, suggested to the CAB officials to organise a veteran’s cricket match on a good batting pitch where Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and himself could participate and score runs.
The West Indian was invited by the CAB to be part of the 1st Test match.
Lara arrived on the morning of the fourth day. The Test ended on the third day.