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Don Bradman debuted 89 years ago and finished with a Test average of 99.94

first_imgDonald George Bradman, born August 27 1908, played his maiden Test match in the Ashes series against England on this very day in 1928. And even though his first tryst with Test cricket didn’t really go to plan, Bradman went on to earn the reputation of the greatest batsman of all time in the course of the next 20 odd years.Bradman scored just 19 runs (18 & 1) in two outings on his debut as England thrashed Australia by 675 runs, which till date is a record for the highest margin of victory in Test cricket. England went on to clinch the series 4-1 under the leadership of Percy Chapman and retain the Ashes.After a disappointing debut, Bradman went on to slam two hundreds in the series and scored 468 runs in the five Tests at an average of 66.85. For a 20-year-old making his debut at the biggest stage in world cricket, the stats were outstanding and it was enough for people to judge his pedigree as a batsman.Today in 1928: A 20 year old Donald George Bradman became Australia’s 124th Test player @ Brisbane’s Exhibition Ground. He spent nearly two days on the field as England amassed 521 runs in 175.3 overs! His first contribution in Test cricket came when he ran out Jack Hobbs for 49! pic.twitter.com/1Coxnhk7DF- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 30, 2017From that day onwards till today, no other batsman in the history of the game has even remotely matched his reputation as a player. Bradman’s contribution to the game is not just restricted to mere statistics and records. He became the cricketer everyone looked up to and till date want to emulate.advertisementBradman remained a flawless batsman throughout his magnificent career, far ahead of everyone else in his generation. Wisden regarded him as “the greatest phenomenon in the history of cricket, indeed in the history of all games.”Bradman finished his international career with a batting average of 99.94 (runs per innings) and if he had scored just four runs in his last Test innings at the Oval in 1948, he would have finished with a Test average of 100 runs an innings. He was bowled second ball by England’s Eric Hollies for a duck in his last innings at The Oval in 1948.”I’m very sorry I made a duck. I’d have been glad if I’d made those four extra runs to have an average of 100. I didn’t know it at the time and I don’t think the Englishmen knew it either. I think if they had known it they may have been generous enough to let me get four,” the then 40-year-old had said.(Reuters Photo)He played 52 Test matches for Australia, coming out to bat in 80 innings (unbeaten in 10 innings) amassing 6996 runs with a highest score of 334 runs.Even though he himself rated the record 334 he scored at Leeds in 1930 as “technically flawed” and said the 254 he scored against England at Lord’s in 1930 was much better.”Every ball went exactly where I wanted it to go until the ball that got me out,” Bradman had revealed.In all first-class cricket, Bradman played 234 matches, scoring 28,067 runs with a career average of 95.14. His highest score in first-class was 452 not out.Since his retirement in 1948 and until his death in 2001, Bradman found just one other player in world cricket who reminded him of himself and that turned out to be Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.”I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, and she looked at the TV and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…his compactness, technique, stroke production – it all seemed to gel,” the Don had famously admitted.(File Photo)SIR DON’S NEAR UNTOUCHABLE NUMBERSHolds the record for the highest batting average in Test cricket – 99.94Crossed the 200 mark a record twelve times in his cricket career.Only player in the world to have scored 5000 runs against a single opposition. He scored 5028 runs against England in 37 Ashes Test matches at an average of 89.78.Bradman took just 56 innings to reach 5000 Test runs, making him the quickest batsman to reach the landmark till date.Holds the record for the maximum number of double hundreds in a series (Ashes 1930). The number stands at three double hundreds in a series.Only batsman in Test history to have scored 974 runs in a single series (Ashes 1930).Holds the record for the highest 5th wicket (405 runs with Sid Barnes) and 6th wicket (346 with Jack Fingleton) partnership in Test matches.advertisementRemains the only batsman to have scored six consecutive centuries.Hit just six sixes in his Test career, five against England and one versus India.BRADMAN vs THE RESTThroughout his career Bradman played against just three other nations apart from England.As mentioned earlier, against England he scored a record 5028 runs in 37 Tests at 89.78 with 19 hundreds and 12 fifties.He played five Tests each against India, South Africa and the West Indies averaging 201.50, 178.75 and 74.50 respectively with the bat.Against India he amassed 715 runs in six innings with four hundreds and a highest score of 201.Against South Africa he scored 806 runs in five innings with four centuries and a highest of 299 not out.Against the Windies he slammed 447 runs in six innings with two tons and a highest of 223 runs.last_img

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