DY Patil celebrates the cricketing genius Brian Lara
The DY Patil Sports Academy & University welcomed the West Indian legend to their campus to confer him with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa).
The students at the DY Patil campus in Navi Mumbai witnessed the ‘Prince Of Trinidad’, Brian Charles Lara, on their campus as the West Indian batting great interacted with them and threw light upon his journey, both on & off the field. In his address to the students, he left them filled with inspiration & awe as he took them through his journey of becoming a West Indian legend. The legend urged the students by saying, “I entered cricket as a boy who always wanted to play for West Indies. I opened the door and shut it behind me and never looked back. I told myself this is my dream and this is what I wanted to do all my life. I took the ups and downs and kept learning every step of the way. I wanted to make my father proud, of course, I wanted to make myself proud but I also wanted to inspire young West Indians to pick up the game of cricket and use it to become better in their lives.” He urged the students at DY Patil to do the same. “I want you to shut that door behind you. I want you to move forward through the legacy created by the kindness of Dr. Vijay Patil and his family and I want you guys to leave an imprint so positive that you’re proud of yourself and you inspire future generations to not only emulate you but be better than you, create greater things and have a bigger impact on the world.”
After the inspiring address, famous sports presenter Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan (RK) forayed into Brain Lara’s journey to becoming a champion cricketer who entertained the world and earned its respect through a fun Q&A that took everyone down memory lane. The cricketer was generous in his storytelling and brought alive some tales from his cricketing days and his famous rivalries with the Aussies and the English.
Also, on stage was the Chancellor of the DY Patil Deemed to be University, Dr. Vijay D. Patil, who besides being an avid cricket lover, is a self-confessed Brian Lara fan. Mr. Patil spoke about his fascination with West Indian cricket and the sheer talent they possessed. He also went on to thank Brian Lara for accepting the invitation and visiting the DY Patil Sports Academy and the University. Dr. Patil added, “Thank you so much for coming. Your visit is going to act as a great motivator for us to continue our love affair with the beautiful game and do more for the sport and the players.” In his praise for Brian Lara, Dr. Patil said, “In modern times the words great and genius are loosely used but if you really want to know what an ‘all-time great’ looks like, somebody who will be spoken of for generations, somebody whose name will always be written when cricket history is spoken about – that’s Brian Charles Lara for you. All the students and faculty members here, you all are extremely fortunate that you have such a genius amongst you all. He is such an inspiration and a role model for what perseverance, determination and dedication can help achieve despite insurmountable odds.”
All in all, hosted at the stunning DY Patil Sports Stadium, the interaction with this cricket legend was truly what it promised to be – a celebration of the cricketing genius that is Brian Lara.
About DY Patil: The DY Patil group is crafting the journey towards a brighter tomorrow with its efforts across the sports, healthcare, and education sectors. The group operates the world-famous DY Patil Sports Stadium that has hosted some of the biggest sports & entertainment events in the country. It also runs the DY Patil Deemed to be University which houses over 100 academic programs and has thousands of students graduate from its ranks every year. The group also runs a 1500 bed charitable hospital that focuses on making efficient healthcare accessible to everybody.