Thatscricket - News - Is Bradman dead? No says his record

Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 11:19 [IST]
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Bangalore: Is Sir Don Bradman dead? This will only directly mean anything to folks in cricket-playing countries, but I wanted to write something, having heard of the death of Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest cricketer who ever lived, and undoubtedly the greatest Australian icon (and gentleman) of all time, bar none.

"About twice as good as everyone else"...Richie Benaud (former Australian cricket captain) gave this immensely apt eulogy on the radio on Monday morning, for Sir Donald Bradman, who died in his sleep in his Adelaide home on Sunday, 25 February, 2001, aged 92.His record dominates the sport of cricket like no other.

He played for Australia from 1928-48, and captained the team from 1936-48; the 1948 team "The Invincibles" were undefeated in all matches of the 1948 Ashes tour of England. He played 52 test matches, and scored 6,996 runs in 80 innings, with 10 not outs, giving him the staggering average of 99.94 runs.

No-one else has ever averaged more than 65; indeed 50 is a lifetime average of a great player. He only needed four runs in his last innings to achieve a lifetime average of 100, but he was bowled on the second ball for no score.He lost seven years of his career because of World War II, and who knows what achievements this robbed the cricket world of.

For me, today will be like it was for Americans who always remember where they were and what they were doing, when they heard of President Kennedy's death.Sir Donald Bradman, Rest in Peace...Extras:
Bradman: End of a legendary era

Story first published:  Monday, February 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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