Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has been given an honorary doctorate by the DY Patil University in India.
The Doctor of Science from the University is for a “remarkable cricketing career and his impact on cricket in the West Indies and around the world at large.”
The honor was bestowed on him during a ceremony at the University campus in Navi Mumbai, India by the Chancellor Dr. Vijay Patil.
Lara was in India for World Cup broadcasting role for Star Sports.
In making the announcement on his Instagram page last week, Lara said, “I am honored! An Honorary Doctorate bestowed on me by the University. WOW.”
Lara, who is 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 national award, the Trinity Cross (later changed to the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) in 2013.
The legendary batsman holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston, England, in l994 and the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004.
Lara was appointed honorary member of the Order of Australia on Nov. 27, 2009.
On 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 Glen McGrath and former England women all-rounder Enid Bakewell.