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Brian Lara plays down health concerns after being hospitalised

Brian Lara plays down health concerns after being hospitalised
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The former West Indies batsman was hospitalised with chest pains.

Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has issued a reassuring update on his health after being hospitalised with chest pains in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Lara, who holds the records for the highest individual innings in Tests and first-class cricket, believes he may have overexerted himself while exercising, prompting a visit to hospital.

The 50-year-old, currently in India as he conducts media duties for the ongoing World Cup, revealed subsequent tests have shown no serious issues and he is confident of being discharged on Wednesday.

Cricket West Indies posted on Twitter an audio update from Lara, who said: "I think I just maybe extended myself a little bit too much in the gym this morning.

"I was feeling a bit of pain in my chest so I just felt it was best to see a doctor and I was taken to the hospital.

"The pain continued so obviously a lot of tests have been done.

"Just letting everyone know that I'm fine, I'm recovering and I'll be back in my hotel room tomorrow.

"A couple of the tests that came back already, the doctors were quite happy that there is nothing major.

"Thanks for your concern and speak again soon. I'll be back in Trinidad and I'll be back in full health very soon."

Lara amassed 11,953 runs in 131 Tests, which was a world record until he was overtaken by India batsman Sachin Tendulkar in October 2008, and a further 10,405 in 299 one-day internationals.

It was not just the Trinidadian's highly impressive figures during an international career that started in November 1990 and ended in April 2007 that place him among the greatest batsmen the game has ever seen.

Brian Lara holds the record for the highest score in Test cricket (Rebecca Naden/PA)
Brian Lara holds the record for the highest score in Test cricket (Rebecca Naden/PA)

The former left-hander's flair and skill at the crease, sometimes in the most pressurised of environments, earned him a legion of followers and brought him 34 Test hundreds and 19 in ODIs.

He twice set new benchmarks for the highest score in Tests, registering 375 against England in Antigua in 1994 while his 400 not against the same opponents at the same ground 10 years later has not been bettered.

Lara also left his mark on the county circuit with an unbeaten 501 for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, the only quintuple hundred to be made in first-class history.

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