Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sir Donald Bradman: The Real God of Cricket

Sir Donald George Bradman

Donald Bradman born on 27th Aug 1908 in new south wales, Australia. The Australian right handed batsman who played cricket for 2 decades is known as the best cricketer of all time till date. He was referred to as "THE DON". According to former Australia captain Bill Woodfull, his worth was of three batsman. His test batting average was 99.94 per innings which is the best of all time and perhaps will remain the best unless and until another LEGEND will arise.

In 2001 Australian prime minister John Howard called him the "Greatest Living Australian" that shows how great he was. His image was on a postage stemp and coins. In 2009 he was introduced in ICC CRICKET HALL OF FAME. He played only against ENGLAND, INDIA, WEST INDIES and SOUTH AFRICA during his test career.

Career Statistics
CompetitionTestFirst Class
Run Scored6,99628,067
Batting Average99.9495.14
Top Score334452*
Bowling Average36.0037.97
Test Records
  • Highest career batting average (minimum 20 innings): 99.94
  • Highest series batting average (4 or more Test series): 201.50 (1931–32) and second highest 178.75 (1947-48)
  • Highest ratio of centuries per innings played: 36.25% (29 centuries from 80 innings)
  • Highest ratio of double centuries per innings played: 15.0% (next highest is 5%)
  • Highest 5th wicket partnership: 405 (with Sid Barnes, 1946–47)
  • Highest score by a number 7 batsman: 270 (1936–37)
  • Most runs against one opponent: 5,028 (v England)
  • Most runs in one series: 974 (1930)
  • Most centuries scored in a single session of play: 6 (1 pre lunch, 2 lunch-tea, 3 tea-stumps)
  • Most runs in one day's play: 309 (1930)
  • Most double centuries: 12
  • Most double centuries in a series: 3 (1930)
  • Most triple centuries: 2 (equal with Chris Gayle, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag)
  • Most consecutive matches in which he made a century: 6 (the last three Tests in 1936–37, and the first three Tests in 1938)
  • Bradman has averaged over 100 in seven different calendar years (*qualification 400 runs). No other player has achieved this in more than two calendar years.
End of an Era

At the age of 92 in 2001 a true legend died in south Australia. A legend whose name is written in golden words in the book of history. The phenom will never be born again. May he rest in peace