Bangalore, Aug 27: Its time to reminiscence the Legend of Cricket, late Don Bradman as he marks his 100th birthday. Sir Donald George Bradman, who died in 2001 aged 92, played his last match in England in 1948 and retired with a yet-to-be topped Test batting average of 99.94. Australia will celebrate his birth centenary on Wednesday, Aug 26.
Bradman's grandson Tom will open a captain's walk at the oval in the Don's birthplace, Cootamundra. The town where he grew up, Bowral(Sydney), will hold a picnic at the Bradman Oval, and the adjoining museum will be free to enter for the day. Australian skipper Ricky Ponting paying tribute to 'Don' said, "That Bradman made a century on average every time he batted is remarkable in itself, but to realise his batting average is virtually twice as high as anyone who played Test cricket for any length of time shows why he is one of sport's great stories,".
Ponting said sporting records were made to be broken, with the Beijing Olympics no exception with the breathtaking feats of swimmer Michael Phelps and runner Usain Bolt. But Bradman's was an 'unassailable' record, he said. "Of the 2,519 batsmen who have taken the crease in 131 years of Test cricket, Bradman stands alone and untouched," he said.
"I am not aware of any other sport which has one competitor so far above any other performer," Ponting added.
Bradman's career at a glance
Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908 - 25 February 2001), often referred to as 'The Don', was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 has been claimed to be statistically the greatest achievement in any major sport.
The story that the young Bradman practised alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball is part of Australian folklore. Many of his records of high scoring still stand unbrokern. He became Australia's sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression. To mark his birth centenary on Wednesday Aug 27, the Royal Australian Mint issued a $5 commemorative gold coin with his image.