One of the greatest batsman to ever step foot on a cricket field, one of the pioneers of the sport, Sir Donald George Bradman turns 110 on his birth anniversary on August 27. The cricketing world remembers an icon on this very day. One of Australia's best ever exports to the cricketing world, ' The Don' as fondly known by all, had an aura of invincibility, which no other cricketer could posses so far.
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to remember the 'Don' as he paid his tribute to the legend of the sport and reminisces about the time he met him. Tendulkar's caption wrote,'It’s been 20 years since I met the inspirational Sir #DonBradman but that special memory is so vivid. I still recall his amazing wit, warmth, and wisdom. Remembering him fondly today, on what would have been his 110th birthday.'
It’s been 20 years since I met the inspirational Sir #DonBradman but that special memory is so vivid. I still recall his amazing wit, warmth, and wisdom. Remembering him fondly today, on what would have been his 110th birthday. pic.twitter.com/JXsKxKwZJm— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 27, 2018
Google dedicated a doodle to Bradman, remembering the legend on his 110th birthday.
Born on this day in 1908 in Cootamundra, New South Wales, The 'Boy from Bowral' was England's worst nightmare. He made his international debut for Australia at a ripe age of 20 against England at Brisbane in 1928. In the 30's and 40's, the Aussie batsman established himself as a world-class cricketer and at a time, people felt he was way ahead of his time.
In 1930 he scored 974 runs against England, with 309 coming in on just one day at Headingley.
In the 52 Test matches (80 innings) he has played for Australia, the Don scored 6996 runs, with a highest of 334, an astonishing average of 99.94. He has 29 Test centuries and 13 fifties.
After he retired at the age of 40, Bradman was still quite active in the sport by acting as an administrator, selector and writer for three decades.
His list of accolades and records that he holds made him simply 'invincible'.
Here are a few records that the 'Don' holds.
- The only batsman with the highest career batting average
- The highest series batting average
- The highest ratio of centuries and double centuries per innings played
- The first batsman to score two triple Test centuries
- The first batsman to score a Test triple century (304) at a number 5 position.
He was also the only Australian cricketer to be knighted. He was given the honour of 'Sir' in 1949.
The cricket world lost its icon on February 25th 2001 at the age of 92. In 2009, Sir Don Bradman was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.