Reports seem to indicate that over the past year and one half, there have been some important change
s in the way Lara relates to those around him and with the team in general.
When, some time ago, he claimed to a desire to give something back to the game in the region he seemed to have been serious.
During the last test series against New Zealand, Lara appeared to have been respectful of Chanderpaul, then skipper of the team, and often appeared to have offered his assistance in a number of ways.
The same seemed to have been the case with his relationship with Trinidad and Tobagos captain in the recently concluded Carib Cup, Darren Ganga.
Amongst some in the region, Laras new approach to his own development may well have undergone some change, enough for them to want to support his third elevation to the post of captain of the West Indies cricket team. It may be that he is more like an old or vintage blend, capable of finding favour with connoisseurs.
Laras return to the captaincy has seen the West Indies celebrate back to back victories in the first two One-Dayers against Zimbabwe.
Of course, Laras critics have hastened to highlight the relative weakness of the visitors.
That may well be the case. However, this may well serve as an appropriate point of departure for the team under Lara at the present time.
Starting on a wining note is important. Lara may well have the sort of support from his players that usually comes with winning. The same may be said in respect of support from cricket loving fans among West Indians at home and in the Diaspora.
There is something about winning, especially after having had such a long drought in this regard that does a world of good for those involved.