Don Bradman, possibly the best and most entertaining batter of all time, was born on this day in 1908. Donald George Bradman was born in the Cootamundra district of New South Wales in Australia.
In the past century, no other player from any other generation has been able to match his records and accomplishments in red-ball cricket. Bradman’s legacy is being felt in the twenty-first century, more than fifty years after he stopped playing Test cricket. Bradman served as an administrator for Cricket Australia after leaving the longest format of the game. He battled pneumonia till he passed away in 2001 at the age of 92.
Bradman was regarded as the best cricket player in the world throughout the 1930s and 1940s; all other players paled in comparison. The greatest individual score by a batsman in the bilateral Test series was 974 runs by him in the 1930 Ashes. The hardest blows to Bradman have sometimes come from Australia’s fiercest adversary, England. And during his time, the Australian squad only lost one Ashes series to England (1932–1933). However, that series was tainted by disputes about England bowlers’ repeated bodyline bowling of Bradman. In that series, Bradman averaged 56 despite England’s scary strategy.
In total, 52 Tests were played in which Bradman represented Australia, and he walked to bat 80 times. He had 29 centuries and 13 fifties by the end of his career. Bradman needed just four runs in his last Test inning to end his career with a 100-run average. However, the star cricketer was substituted for a duck in an unusual event. Bradman’s failure in his final innings did not diminish his status. On the contrary, it increased his attractiveness going forward.
Bradman concluded his playing career with 28,067 runs in First-Class cricket and 6996 runs in Test cricket. Bradman was not a “classically beautiful” musician, in the opinion of many seasoned masters and industry analysts. However, it was more the quickness with which he scored runs that captivated viewers and stunned his rivals.
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