Thatscricket - News - Waugh and Tendulkar bow to the master
Published: Monday, February 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bradman: End of a legendary era
Mumbai: A stunned Australian cricket team was plunged into mourning at the death of Sir Donald Bradman on Monday, but vowed to use the loss as an inspiration to win the upcoming series against India. Captain Steve Waugh, preparing for the first Test at the Wankhede Stadium here from Tuesday, described Bradman as a once-in-a-lifetime cricketer'' and urged team-mates to be inspired by him. He united the country after the second world war and inspired so many people. I don't think there will be someone else like him. We can take inspiration from the way he played the game," Waugh said He tried to be one step ahead of the others and set standards. That's what we want to do even today. We can use him as an inspiration,'' Waugh said. Australia is looking to win its first Test series on Indian soil in 31 years after coming off a record streak of 15 consecutive Test wins. I had a one-to-one meeting with him last year (before the tour of Sri Lanka) and it was fantastic. He was very humble about his achievements and wanted to see himself as a normal person. That's humility. It is something we can all learn from,'' Waugh said. The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) made no moves to have the Test match postponed, but decided to wear black bands during play in Bradman's memory. Sir Don would not have wanted that (a postponement) to happen. He would not want to disturb anything.'' ACB spokesman Brian Murgatroyd said. India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who Bradman said resembled his own style, was stunned at the passing away of the legend. What can one say, it is a great loss for not only the fans but for all cricketers,'' a visibly shaken Tendulkar said. Whatever he has achieved is always a dream for other batsmen. They want to be like him, but it is probably impossible to get there.'' Tendulkar, one of the few modern cricketers to have been granted an audience with the reclusive Bradman, said his words will remain etched in memory for ever. Meeting him itself was a great dream that came true for me. I was very privileged to have spoken to him. I asked him about his batting, he also gave me tips which have held me in good stead. When someone like Sir Don speaks about batting, you listen very carefully. That was a very special moment for me.''