Still “The Don”: 15 interesting facts about the world’s greatest Test batsman Donald Bradman

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"Sir Don" is still remembered and respected for his legendary innings. On his 110th birth anniversary, we bring to you 15 facts about Don Bradman:

The names that all revere in the cricketing industry is Sir Donald Bradman. Some of his records remain unbeaten even after 16 years of his death. Bradman retired from Test cricket with a monumental average of 99.94. This figure has eluded batsmen for decades and may continue to do so for the indefinite time period.

Sachin Tendulkar wrote in his autobiography ‘Playing it My Way’, “In 1994-95 he (Bradman) told his wife that my batting style resembles his batting style. It was the greatest compliment that I have received from him and the icing on the cake was when he picked me to be a part of his all-time Test playing eleven.”

“Sir Don” is still remembered and respected for his legendary innings. On his 110th birth anniversary, we bring to you 15 facts about Don Bradman:

  • Don or Donald Bradman was born at a nursing home on 89 Adams Street, Cootamundra, 320km south-west of Sydney, on August 27th in 1908.
  • He used to play competitive tennis when he was 10.
  • Don’s father first took him to the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1921.
  • As a teenager, he would hit a golf ball with a stump into the brick base of the family water tank to develop hand-eye coordination.
  • His first game of cricket was at 11 for his school at Glebe Park in Bowral. He batted at number 4 and scored 55 not out.

  • One year later, in his second game for  Bowral High School senior XI, Bradman scored his first-ever century. He scored 115 and also took eight wickets.
  • In his first first-class game on December 16, 1927, Bradman scored 118 runs against South Australia on the Adelaide Oval ground. He was the 20th Aussie to score a ton on the first-class debut.
  • At 20, Bradman was selected in the Australian test squad against England. The match was played in Brisbane.
  • On the 1930 tour of England, Don began with a staggering inning of 236 runs against Worcester. This made him the youngest overseas player to score a double century in England.
  • In his 80 Test innings, 10 of which were not out, Donald Bradman scored 6,996 runs at an average of 99.94.

  • Bradman is the only Aussie who has twice scored a century and a duck in the same Test.
  • He was the 21st Australian Test captain.
  • Bradman was never stumped in Test matches.
  • He had joined the army in 1940 as a Lieutenant. He was discharged in 1941 after suffering from fibrositis thrice.
  • In 1948, he retired with a Test batting average of 99.94. One year later, he received a knighthood for his outstanding contribution to the game of cricket.

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