Thatscricket - News - Most important of all time Australians: Benaud

Published: Monday, February 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: A collection of quotes by and about cricketer Sir Donald Bradman, who died on Sunday aged 92:''He is probably the most important Australian of all time.'' - Former Australian captain Richie Benaud.''I saw much better batsmen than I was. Lots of them...they just kept getting out.'' - Bradman, during a rare television interview in 1996.''No other batsman, surely, has ever been able to score so fast while at the same time avoiding risk.'' - R C Robertson-Glasgow in his oft-quoted 1949 tribute to Bradman in Wisden.''Poetry and murder lived in him together. He would slice the bowling to ribbons and dance without pity on the corpse.'' - R C Robertson-Glasgow again.''Despite recent sad developments, cricket will survive and remain our most noble game and I shall always remain proud of the part I played in its history and development.'' - Bradman on match-fixing, August 2000.''Nobody will ever emulate the feats of The Don again. He would have been supreme in any era and had he played in the modern game, would no doubt have topped the lists of all batting achievements.'' - Former England captain David Gower.''No-one doubted his ability but playing under him was different to chaps like (Bill) Woodfull or (Vic) Richardson. One sensed (they were) playing for Australia; with Bradman it seemed like for his own personal glory. This, perhaps, was not altogether his fault but that is how the players felt.'' - Former Australian batsman Jack Fingleton.''He was the best.'' - Former English fast-bowling great Fred Trueman. ''He was a genius. It is a massive blow to cricket.'' - Ex-Test umpire Dickie Bird.''I've spoken to the greatest of batsmen on the telephone on the eve of his birthday, and found him his usual spry, clear-headed self, though worried by a mountain of mail.'' -Writer E W Swanton.''He reminded Australians that they were capable of great things in their own right.'' - Australian Prime Minister John Howard. ''A good captain must be a fighter; confident but not arrogant, firm but not obstinate; able to take criticism without letting it unduly disturb him, for he is sure to get it - and unfairly, too.'' - Bradman.''His performances in England in 1930, right at the heart of the Depression, gave the nation hope. Of course it carried on until 1948 when he retired. He was seen as someone of enormous integrity. He wrote 80 letters a day, four hours a day.'' -Bradman biographer Roland Perry, who added it is estimated one million fans have received hand-written replies from Bradman.''He's out!'' -an English newspaper when Bradman was finally dismissed after scoring a world record 334 at Leeds in 1930.''Bradman bats and bats and bats.'' -An English newspaper after Bradman's triple century at Leeds in 1934. ''Bradman is dead. Nation mourns greatest hero.'' -Sydney's Daily-Telegraph on Monday. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for RestrictionsExtras:
Bradman: End of a legendary era

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