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Thatscricket - News - CCI rewards Steve with life membership

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: Australian captain Steve Waugh, as a reward for leading this decades best side to a facile three-day triumph over India here in the first Test this week, was given a life honorary membership of the elite Cricket Club of India. However, Waugh, at 34, was surprised that the greatest Australian cricketer ever, sir Donald Bradman, who led his generation's invincible team, was given such felicitation at the ripe old age of 80 when he had already shrunk away from public life.If such honour was handed over to Bradman at the same age of Waugh then the great man would have come personally here, it was felt.CCI and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), who were once at loggerheads in the seventies, also joined hands on Friday to pay tribute to Bradman, who passed away last Sunday.Two well-known journalists of the cricket world Mike Coward and Peter Roebuck were of opinion that everybody should celebrate the great man's life and career instead of mourning his death.Coward, one of the few living journalists to interview the legend said it was ironic that God, who gave so much skill to Bradman took it away with other hand by giving so much personal grief.Bradman lost his first child, the second girl child was born with severe physical handicaps and their son left him and changed his name due to intense publicity of his private life, he elaborated. Those, who also spoke included CCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur and veteran journalist K N Prabhu. MCA secretary S Shetty recalled the humility of Bradman when he personally thanked the association for organising sale of Bradman's portrait and handing over the money to the handicapped society. MCA was proud to be only the third association besides Melbourne and Lord's to be picked by Bradman for this purpose, Shetty added. UNI Extras:
Bradman: End of a legendary era

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