Brian Lara in hospital after chest pains but says he is fine

The former West Indies captain Brian Lara has issued a reassuring update on his health after going to hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday with chest pains.

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 the hospital visit. The 50-year-old, in India for media duties related to the World Cup, revealed subsequent tests showed no serious problems 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.”

The former left-hander’s flair and skill at the crease 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 in first-class history.

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

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