Thatscricket - News - Don was one of his kind: Ex cricketers

Published: Monday, February 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Coming on the eve of the Indo-Aussie Test series, the shock of the news was as devastating as the January 26 Gujarat earthquake. The only legend of the cricketing world, Don Bradman is no more.While many cricketers have passed the aggregate runs that he scored in 52 Tests, he still holds a unique record of a century every third innings and an unenviable average of 99.94 runs.Though a few of us were born during the Bradman cricketing era, it was indeed a great pleasure to hear and read anecdotes about this legend, who has been immortalised by his unique deeds. The shots that he played as viewed through the black and white television clippings stay fresh in the mind.Described as a very "jovial" and "humble" person by various people, Bradman withdrew into total privacy in his later years. To India's great privilege, he invited Sachin Tendulkar to visit him in Australia and was thrilled there somebody who could be compared to his cricketing style.Karnataka and India's very own spin twins E A S Prasanna as well as B S Chandrashekar and little master G R Vishwanath had the pleasure of meeting this great cricketer during their sojourns to Australia and shared their views with Thatscricket.comG R Vishwanath: He was a tremendous and towering personality. He visited our dressing room at Adelaide during the 1978 tour and exuded immense confidence. Some of his confidence rubbed off on us by just looking at him.He was one of the greatest personalities in the world of sports and though he was 92 years of age we expected him to touch a century. It will be very difficult to find another personality like this in the world of sport and it is a big loss to the world of sport.E A S Prasanna: I met him every time I toured Australia. My first impression as a youngster (when I first met him) was that he was a unique person. He was very humble, down to earth and at the same time very strong minded.His performance was not reflected in his personality. I have seen clippings of his game and all I can say is he played the shots of 2001 in the 1930s and 1940s. I was also told that he could play any game with professionalism. He was an excellent human being and in that sense it is a great loss.B S Chandrashekar: I met him during two tours to Australia. They were all official meetings and I did not get an opportunity to personally interact with him. He was very jovial and enterprising character and nothing needs to be said about his records.Extras:
Bradman: End of a legendary era

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