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Don Bradman the legend

Sir Donald George “Don” Bradman, AC, often referred to as “The Don”, was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time. He was born on 27th August 1908 at Cootamundra, Australia and died on 25th February, 2001 at Kensington Park, Australia.  Sir Don Bradman is a name which represents the passion and art of cricket. This Australian legendary master cricketer is undoubtedly the best in the history of cricket. He could take cricket to such a height where Bradman is set as a king ruling others in the cricket world. He symbolizes a model of a batsman in the cricketing point of view. It is worthless to add an adjective before his name as every attempt will be in veil. With an enormous average of 99.94 in test cricket he could score 6996 and if had scored just 4 runs in his last international innings his total runs would be 7000 and most importantly his average would be 100! However, he was dismissed for a duck in that innings which is one of the greatest and most talked about issue in the world cricket.

Bradman had earlier held a world record of scoring 29 centuries and he used to convert those hundreds into big scores frequently. His is the first and one of the second batsmen who has two triple centuries. Sir Don is one of the five cricketers of the Century according to Wisden. Analyzing a number of things statistician Charles Davis found out that Bradman is the athletic figure who is followed by Pele, TY Cobb, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Sachin Tendulkar and Bjon Borg. Don is not with us today but his memories mingle with fans of cricket like me all the time. Bradman played with a straight bat and that was evident from his record breaking scores against most of the test playing teams.

Bradman continues to hog limelight as he is an immortal personality in the cricketing world. Don made big scores in his short and illustrious career and now even his blazer scores big in an auction. Precious memorabilia of Don Bradman’s blazer worn during his first outing as Test Captain fetched a monumental prize tag of Australian Dollar 1,32,000 ( RS. 61,17,523) shows how popular batsman he is. He is not with us but the memory of his great achievement including a 99.94 test average could not be broken by present generation of cricketers despite playing more matches and that too against weakest opposition. Bradman is a very popular man in the cricketing field and he was loved by all the cricket playing nations. His popularity touched its height when a post card posted to him with a remark “To and his photograph affixed followed by ‘somewhere playing in England’ ” reached the master batsman without his name and full address shows how he touched the popularity chart in those days without whatsapp, facebook and Twitter. Don Bradman stands tall among the equals and the prize tag for his blazer in an auction is a testimony for his unrelenting popularity.

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)


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