Thatscricket - News - Hanif Mohammad proposes ~~Bradman Day~~
Published: Monday, February 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bradman: End of a legendary era
Karachi: Former Pakistan cricketers on Monday mourned the loss of Australian batting legend Sir Donald Bradman, while Hanif Mohammad suggested the cricket world should remember him with a "Bradman Day" every year. Bradman, whose average of just under 100 in Test cricket is unlikely to be matched, died after a short illness aged 92 in Adelaide on Sunday.Former Pakistan captain and batsman Hanif Mohammad said the cricket world would never forget him. "Bradman's name and deeds will remain etched in memories forever but the cricket world must remember him through a "Bradman Day" every year," said Mohammad, who was known in his day as the "Little Master."Mohammad broke Bradman's highest first-class individual record of 452 with a masterly 499 in 1958-59."When Pakistan toured Australia in 1964-65 Bradman came to see me and was surprised. I remember he said 'Come on, this short man has broken my record? I thought he would be six feet five'," Mohammad said.Bradman retired from Test cricket in 1948 with a record that is never likely to be challenged. In 52 Tests for Australia, he amassed 6,996 runs at an average of 99.94 from 80 visits to the crease, with 10 double centuries and two triple centuries among his Test knocks.Zaheer Abbas, called the "Asian Bradman," remembers meeting "The Don" at Adelaide in 1972."Sir Don knew I had scored 274 against England in 1971 and he praised my batting skills, saying 'you possess the rare quality of hooking on the front foot'," Abbas said."Great people never die and Bradman is the greatest batsman the cricket world has seen until now and his records will be hard to beat in the years to come."Another former Pakistan captain Fazal Mahmood acknowledged Bradman's services as "hard to match."Mahmood narrowly missed a chance to bowl to Bradman when he pulled out of the Australia-bound Indian team in 1946-47 and opted to migrate to the newly created state of Pakistan."Had I decided to go with the Indian team I would have played against him but it was not in my fate," he said.