At the Press Conference, at which Brian Lara announced his retirement from all international cricket, he paid tribute to the strength that his parents had given him:
"I am also proud," Lara said. "I have been knocked down so many times, as a player and as a person, and I have had the strength, I suppose that has come from my parents, to be able to pick myself each and every single time and go out there in the face of adversity and try my best and perform. I didn't read it up in a book. It's deep down and it's part of my family trait."
Source: Sambit Bal, ‘Lara and the Art of Leaving’, CricInfo, April 19, 2007.
Image: Brain Lara in action on the cricket field.