In terms of passion, Bradman rated India above Aussies

Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman always thought Indians are mad about cricket and rated their team much ahead of Australia in terms of passion about the game, a personal friend of 'The Don' said today (April 20, 2005).

"He (Sir Donald Bradman) always thought that Indian cricket is always played in right spirit. There is passion about the game. He felt that Australians were a little bit backward in expressions and appreciation,"Richard Mulvaney said.

Mulvaney, who is the director of the Bradman Museum and Bradman Foundation, added in an interview to PTI: "Sometimes, he was a little overcome with how effusive Indian people can be".

Bradman used to receive thousands of letters from India, where he had a huge fan following. But 'The Don', who always found it difficult to talk about himself, answered all the letters he got.

He saw it as his duty to respond; By responding, he believed he sent out a message that cricket is important and enthusiasm for the game should never die down.

Mulvaney quoted Bradman as saying: "Indians are mad about the game. Sometimes, I do think they are mad. But the unbridled passion is infectious".

Sir Donald Bradman saw "direct association" of himself with India's master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. "Not just the style of his (Tendulkar's) batting and the way he got runs, but his general demeanour on and off the field which reminded him of himself".

In 1947/48, Sir Bradman was captain of Australia when India played their first Test series against Australia, who won it 4-0. "Bradman was very touched by the warmth of Indian players," Mulvaney said.

Mulvaney is currently on a visit to India to establish an Indian advisory board to guide channelise the funds raised from the sales of Bradman Cookies in India towards development of cricket among underprivileged children.

Australian biscuit making company UNIBIC has set up a plant in Bangalore and a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of Bradman Cookies will go towards this.

"Bradman Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust. We are doing some good things in Australia. Now, we are matured to go beyond Australia," he said. The Indian advisory board would help identify the needy for the funds to be raised.

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