Thatscricket - News - Bradman being mourned all over the world

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: The cricketing world was continuing on Tuesday to mourn the death of Australian batting legend Sir Donald Bradman, who died on Sunday, aged 92.From Bowral to Bombay and London to Lahore, cricketers and cricket fans the world over were grieving the death of the sport's greatest player, who died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Adelaide.Nowhere was his death more deeply felt than in Australia, where Bradman was revered as an immortal.The television networks interrupted their scheduled programming when news of Bradman's passing broke on Monday morning to screen documentaries and tributes to "The Don".And on Tuesday, the country's metropolitan newspapers all produced supplementary lift outs commemorating the achievements of a man universally proclaimed as the greatest cricketer in history and the greatest Australian of the 20th century.The Australian newspaper summed up the national mood when it described Bradman's death as the end of an era."The death of Sir Donald Bradman at the age of 92 marks the end of an era in Australian history, which, like the road to Federation, forged a part of our unique national character," the paper said.The Sydney Morning Herald wrote, "Sir Donald Bradman's place in the Australian pantheon is assured by his marvellous cricketing abilities and, flowing from that, his central role in Australia's development of an independent way of thinking."His larger achievements will live on. For there is something enduring, and perhaps endearing, about a country that has chosen a sportsman as personifying the best ideals of national identity."The reaction was similar in other major cricket-playing nations around the world.The news cast a sombre shadow over the start of Australia's three-Test series in India where Steve Waugh's team is looking to cement its standing as the best side since Bradman's 1948 Invincibles.The Australian and Indian teams have said they would observe two minutes silence before the start of Tuesday's first Test and would wear black armbands.The Australian squad has also signed a letter of condolence sent to Bradman's family.In England, the scene of so many of Bradman's greatest achievements, the mood was the same. Buckingham Palace said the Queen was to send a message of condolence to his family and the House of Commons also paid tribute to the legendary batsman, whose records have stood unchallenged since he retired more than half a century ago.Flags were lowered to half-mast at Lord's, the traditional home of English cricket, and the International Cricket Council said it was considering naming the new world Test championship trophy after the greatest player to ever play the game.South African Graeme Pollock, whose Test average of 60.97 is second only to Bradman's phenomenal 99.94, said Bradman, was a class above anyone else who ever played the game."I think the statistics speak for themselves. To be nearly 40 runs per innings better than anyone else is simply unbelievable,'' Pollock said.Pakistan's Hanif Mohammad, who shared Bradman's appetite for high scores, said he hoped Bradman's death would be a wake-up call the game needed."Cricket at this critical juncture couldn't afford to lose Bradman. After hearing all the depressing news of corruption, it was Bradman upon whom people used to look for the brighter side of the game," Hanif said."I sincerely hope that after the Don, cricket continues to flourish and be played the way Bradman liked it to be played."(c) Reuters Limited. Click here for RestrictionsExtras:
Bradman: End of a legendary era

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