August 27, 1908: The world saw the birth of a legend- Donald Bradman

first_imgIt’s been more than a century now since the greatest batsman ever to play the game of cricket, Donald Bardman, was born and his records and name still resonates in the world of cricket.On August 27, 1908, he was born in Cootamundra, New South Wales. 12 years later, Bradman acted as scorer for the local Bowral team which was captained by his uncle George Whatman. In October 1920, he filled in when the team was one man short, scoring 37 not out and 29 not out.  He made his first-class debut at the age of 19 for New South Wales at the Adelaide Oval and scored a hundred with an innings of 118. In the final match of the season, he hit another ton against the Sheffield Shield champions Victoria. In the first match of the Sheffield Shield season (1927-28), he scored a century in both the innings against Queensland and followed that with scores of 87 and 132 not out against the England touring team. After seeing his impressive display, he was called up for the touring England team for the first Ashes Test at Brisbane.BRILLIANT FIRST SEASONBradman, along with the Australian team, failed in the first Test and lost by a huge margin of 675 runs — which is still a record for victory by highest margin of runs in Tests. He was dropped for the second Test but made a comeback in the third one. He scored 79 and 112 and also became the youngest player to make a Test century. He scored 58 in the second innings of the fourth Test and was about to take his team to victory but was run-out and Australia lost by 12 runs. Bradman followed it up with 123 in the first innings of the fifth Test and helped his captain seal a win in the second innings.advertisementHe finished his maiden first-class season with 1,690 runs at an average of 93.88.A new hero was born and the rest as they is history.He accumulated runs at home in Australia and in England, the only two countries he played in, and was the pillar of the Aussie batting lineup for the coming two decades.RECORDS GALOREReuters PhotoBradman went onto achieve every record that was there to be achieved and set a new benchmark for the upcoming players. He retired in 1948 after playing his last Test against England at The Oval. He played 52 Tests, scoring 6,996 runs at a record average of 99.94, scoring 29 centuries and 13 fifties. He played 234 first-class matches and accumulated 28,067 runs at an average of 95.14. He slammed 117 tons and 69 half-centuries.He maintained an average over 100 for most his career and needed just four runs in his last Test innings to ensure an average of 100 – but was out on the second ball he faced for 0 to fall short of the magical figure. His average still remains untouched and bettering it is almost next to impossible. 69 years after his retirement, Don still remains 14th in the list of most Test centuries and 48th in the all-time highest run-scorers in the history of the five-day format.After retirement, he worked as a cricket administrator for Southern Australia.He was hospitalised with pneumonia in December 2000, he returned home in the New Year and passed away on 25 February 2001, aged 92.Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, who is the only cricketer who reminded Don of his own playing days, paid tribute to the legendary Aussie on Twitter.To the one and only…. Happy Birthday to Sir Donald Bradman sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 27, 201752 Tests, 6,996 runs, an average of 99.94.#OnThisDay in 1908, cricket’s greatest ever batsman, the one and only Sir Don Bradman was born. ICC (@ICC) August 27, 2017A day for every cricket lover to remember Sir Don Bradman, the greatest batsman of all times on his birth anniversary.#BradmanJayanti Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 27, 2017last_img read more