Don Bradman Don Bradman (1908-2001)

Sir Don Bradman was an outstanding Australian cricketer, and is regarded as the world’s best batsman ever.

Donald Don Bradman was born in 1908 in Cootamundra, New South Wales, in Australia. He was the fifth child in the family.

Don Bradman played first-class cricket for New South Wales, and was chosen to represent Australia in 1928, against England. He scored his first test century in his second game itself.

Bradman was considered absolutely unstoppable. His strength lay in his ability to see the ball early, his swift footwork, and his adaptability to any situation. It required a desperate English captain, Douglas Jardine, to resort to the fiendish Bodyline tactic to overcome Bradman in the season of 1932-1933. Bradman responded with a series average of 56.57, disappointing by his standards.

Bradman’s test career spanned twenty years, with a six-year gap due to World War-II, and poor health. He lead Australia in 24 tests between 1936 and 1948.His career records are truly phenomenal-in 52 tests he 6,996 runs at an average of 99.94. He scored 29 centuries – a record which was overtaken by Sunil Gavaskar. His centuries included ten double and triple centuries. His highest score was 334 runs against England.

In all, his first-class tally was 28,067 runs, 117 centuries, and a highest score of 452, not out. He averaged 95.14.

Sir Bradman was knighted in 1949. He became a cricket administrator after his playing days. He died in 2001.

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