Lara leaves the critics behind

“People may say lots of things about he’s done this and he’s done that. But let’s understand, there’s a price that goes with genius. All our real greats, many of them have tended to be awkward, or people for one reason or another have been critical of them because I suppose they are driven by different forces and they think differently.
“We have to take the whole picture and accept the good with the bad. But overall, I think he’s so much more on the plus side. He’s been tremendous for West Indies cricket and I’d really like to see us honour that … I indicated to him that I hoped we would be able to find some way to convey our appreciation for him. His view was that he would like to go very quietly.”
It is to our undying shame as a Caribbean people that while everywhere else in the cricketing world his batting genius was recognised and lauded at every turn and that people traveled many miles just to get a glimpse of his brilliance, even if he did not score much, his own Caribbean people were unforgiving.
It is most interesting that many of his critics came from former Test players, many of whom, in their own heyday, were neither among the most disciplined nor were they prone to accepting the very criticisms they were so eager to deliver on Lara’s head. But that comes with the territory.
Lara’s departure means therefore, that for some time to come, our commentators and Lara’s detractors and numerous tormentors would have to get accustomed to finding someone else on whom to turn their guns. There is no genius in the team now nor is their any that can be seen lurking on the horizon.
Lara’s contribution to the sport will resonate around the cricketing world for many years to come, even as we here in the Caribbean seek to quickly bury him in the pettiness that leaves us little more than V.S Naipaul’s “Mimic Men.”