Sir Bradman miles ahead of the rest: Ponting

Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 20:08 [IST]
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Sydney: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has said that of the 2519 batsmen who have taken the crease in 131 years of Test cricket, Bradman stands alone and untouched.

“He dominated cricket for 20 years from his debut in 1928 to his retirement 60 years ago this month and if he had not lost eight years of his career to World War II his figures would no doubt be better still. At every Olympics plenty of records are broken. Bradman remains unassailable," he said in during Sir Don Bradman oration to mark birth cenetnary celebrations of the legendary batsman.

Ponting doubted it was possible for a modern player to score 300 runs in a day, like Bradman did at Leeds in 1930.

“As a team we do try and score at least 300 runs a day in Test cricket," he said. “In honour of Bradman's legacy that's the least we can do."

Ponting rated the achievements of Don Bradman above those of the Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz and sprinter Usain Bolt, Cricinfo reported.

Don's career in figures

On the 100th anniversary of Bradman''s birth, Ponting will deliver the Bradman Oration in Sydney and speak about his “ageless legacy".

Ponting said the performances of Phelps and Bolt in Beijing, and Spitz in Munich in 1972, were some of the greatest sporting achievements in history, but he does not believe the athletes match Bradman.

Bradman was born in the small New South Wales town of Cootamundra in 1908 and spent time in Bowral and Sydney before moving to Adelaide in the mid-1930s.

In 52 Tests he scored 6996 runs, finishing with a zero at The Oval in 1948 when four runs would have given him an average of 100.

ICC pays rich tributes to Don: ICC President David Morgan today paid tribute to the life of Sir Donald Bradman on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.

Morgan said: “His name is a by-word for brilliance; soccer has Pele, cricket has Bradman. No name in cricket conjures up such widespread awe and respect as that of Sir Donald Bradman."

“Even people with just a passing knowledge of the game or in countries where he never played will invariably recognise the name

Bradman as a by-word for brilliance. That name says all that is best about the game and it is synonymous with cricket.  Soccer has Pele and cricket has Bradman," he said.

“Even now, 60 years after his final Test match and with time to put his achievements into context, his batting average of 99.94 still seems scarcely believable, especially when one compares it to those of the many other players to have graced the game at the highest level," Morgan added.

The ICC President further said that this centenary offers us an opportunity to reflect upon the role the Don played in popularizing the game through his attacking style of batting.

“We should also remember the way he gave back to the game after he finished playing, as a selector and as an administrator with the Australian Cricket Board and the Imperial Cricket Conference," he said.

“Sir Donald's life was a lifetime of service to cricket and his legacy is that our strong sport continues to grow stronger."


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