Don Bradman: Cricket Legend

Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (August 27, 1908 – February 25, 2001), also known as “The Don”, was an Australian cricket player, regarded as the greatest cricket player of all time and one of Australia’s greatest popular heroes. Though he received many criticisms in his first Ashes series in 1928-1929, he was determined and continued to persevere. Bradman played for the New South Wales (1927-1934) and South Australia (1935-1949).

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Donald Bradman is said to be the greatest batsman to ever grace cricket. His test average continues to be far above than anyone else’s. Before he even turned 22, he already set many records for top scoring. His statistical achievements were unparalleled in his 20-year career span. His highest international score (334) stood for decades. He finished with a test average of average 99.94. He was the only player with two Test triple centuries in a career. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bradman received the nation’s second-highest civilian honor in June 16, 1979 – Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), “in recognition of service to the sport of cricket and cricket administration”.

Statue of Donald Bradman outside the Bradman Museum in Bowral.Why Was He So Good?

The Don was complex, highly-driven and he had a deep and undying love for cricket. He became a national icon. Prime Minister John Howard of Australia in 2001 even called him the “greatest living Australian”. He was so far ahead of the competition as to leave comparisons meaningless and to excel the game he graced. During his career years, he changed the history of cricket. Most of his records up to this date are still unbeaten.

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