Donald Bradman (The Don 1908-2001)

Donald Bradman (The Don 1908-2001)

Match History of Donald Bradman:

Donald George Bradman was a greatest Batsman in the history of Test cricket. He was lived in Australia. Sometimes he was called as “The Don”, widely greatest test batsman of all time. Don Bradman was born in Cootamundra, Australia on 27 August 1908. He spent his early years in the NSW town of Bowral. Bradman left school in 1922 and worked with a local real estate agent. He played Tennis for a period of two years before dropping it for cricket. He was the right hand Batsman.

Don Bradman
Bradman’s made 974 runs in a series. This is the highest scores played by any player in Test history and it has been unequalled till today. He was the only Australian cricketer to receive knighthood for services to the game. Don Bradman has high scores in the Test Cricket. He proved himself during times of hardship, depression and recovery. He represented Australia for 20 years, playing 52 Tests from 1928/29-1948. He played his first century (115) when he was 12. The young Don was playing for Bowral School against Mittagong School.

Appearance in First Test Match:

In his first Test appearance, Don Bradman has been feeling ease when playing cricket, and unlike many others, he has described himself as being fortunate not to suffer nerves like so many other batsman. Fellow teammates have also described his confidence and ability to concentrate his performance particularly when rising to dangers and difficulties at the crease.

The former England Test Captain ‘Walter Hammond’ said about Don,

“I was forced to admire the cool way Don batted. On one or two occasions, when he was well set, and when he saw me move a fieldsman, he would raise his gloved hand to me in mock salute, and then hit the next ball exactly over the place from which the man had just been moved. Reluctantly I had to admit once more that he was out of the ordinary run of batsmen – a Genius!”

The former Australian Test batsman Bill Brown Said,

“He could understand the game much more deeply and quickly than the average player. He controlled the game so much when he was at the wicket.”

The former England Test cricketer CB Fry Said,
“This young man owes half his perfection to an outright power of concentration”.
Still Current Test Record:
• Don highest Individual test batting average was 99.94
• He played Equal top-scorer of triple centuries with Lara.
• And 5th wicket partnership of 405 runs.
• He was the only test batsman to score more than 5,000 runs v an opponent (5,028 v England)
• 7 times scored 500 or more runs in a Test series (Equal with Lara)
• He played Six times scored centuries in an interval (once pre-lunch, twice lunch-tea, three times tea-stumps)
• He Scored the most runs in a single day’s play 309 v England, Leeds, 1930.

Awards And Honours:

• The first Australian cricketer who receive a knighthood award and the first Test cricketer so honoured.
• Nominated captain of the Australian Cricket Team of the Century
• He was nominated among the top ten sports people of the 20th century by the world confederation of sport.
• He received a companion of the order of Australia in 1979.
• In 1988, voted the greatest male athlete of the past 200 years by the Australian confederation of sport.
• Named male athlete of the century in 1999 by the sport Australia hall of fame.
• Ranked the No.1 Australian athlete of the 20th Century by sports Illustrated magazine.
• In 2000 he was voted the greatest cricketer of the 20th century by Wisden Cricket Almanack. This decision was unanimous amongst the 100 judges.

On his 90th birthday, Bradman hosted a meeting with two of his favorite modern cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne. He remarked in an interview,
When he started off playing cricket, he invented his own solo game. He used a cricket stump as a bar and a golf ball. A water tank, mounted on a curved brick stand was present in the back of his house. When he hit the curved brick facing of the stand, the ball would rebound at varying angles at high speed, thus developing his timing and concentration.

Bradman had his appendix removed during the 1934 tour and he lost a lot of blood. He was fighting for his life but he managed to survive. During the period of World War two, Bradman suffered from a muscle condition known as Fibrositis and he also had poor eyesight. He was invalidated from the Army in 1941.
He was retired from test cricket with a batting average of 99.94, making his test batting achievements nearly twice that of the nearest Test batsman. At the age of 92, he died on February 25, 2001, Kensington Park, South Australia.

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