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Is it time for the legendary master blaster batsman from India to walk into the sunset and hang up his boots?
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Australians and the world around celebrated the birth of Sir Donald George Bradman on August 27th, paying tribute to the world’s greatest batsman. Don Bradman or ‘the boy from Bowral’ helped forge a nation’s identity. He was and is the greatest batsman the world has known and probably will know.
When one thinks of the Don, one thinks of a mean run machine and of his last innings which he played 60 years before. It was his only innings where he failed to get a single run against his name and fell four runs short of and perfect batting average of 100. His batting average is 99.94. Bradman describes the last ball he ever faced in international cricket as the best ball he ever faced. His description of it is
“It swung in, pitched to the right of leg stump and took the off bail”
He considers Alec Bedser the bowler who got his wicket as someone whom he respects deeply.
He played only 52 test matches and scored 6,996 runs with 29 scores above hundred with an incomparable batting average of 99.94. He had a dream series in his first series in England. He scored 236 in the first match. He then scored 131 and 254 in the second test and followed it with his highest test score of 334 in the third match. He then made another big score of 232 in the fifth test. Even during the ‘bodyline’ series of 1932-1933 the English bowlers could only restrict him to an average of 56.57. In 1936 was appointed as the captain of the Australian team and by 1948 the Australian team was dubbed as ‘the invincibles’. Under him the Australian team won 17 matches by an innings. And in 15 March 1949 The Don Became Sir Don. He is the only Australian to be knighted by the English crown.
Ponting the only other person other than Tendulkar who comes close to Bradman says,
“It’s almost like he is separate from the game. His name and what he achieved, it’s so far out of any player’s reach, in his time or any player who has played since. It’s almost like he played a different game to what we’re playing”
He also says “As a team we try to score at least 300 runs a day in test cricket” comparing to the 1930 Leeds match where Bradman scored 300 in a day.
Bradman’s first class stats are also just as impressive. In 234 matches he scored 28,067 runs with 117 centuries and a highest score of 452 not out with a mountainous average of 95.14.
Though the world saw Bradman last in 2001 he still lives in our hearts enchanting us with his cricket.