On the 110th birth anniversary of legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald George Bradman

NEW DELHI: On the 110th birth anniversary of legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald George Bradman, popularly known as ‘The Don’, Google has dedicated a doodle on Monday.

Born on this day in 1908 in Cootamundra, New South Wales, Don Bradman is widely regarded as the greatest batsman in the history of cricket. He is known for leading an Australian team known as “The Invincibles” on a record-breaking unbeaten tour of England.

At the age of 20, Bradman made his international debut for Australia against England at Brisbane in 1928 and played his last Test, just before turning 40, against the same opposition in 1948.

He scored 6996 runs in 52 Test matches at a mind-boggling average of 99.94. He has 29 centuries to his name in just 80 international innings, to go with 13 fifty-plus scores. His batting average in first-class matches was 95.14, after playing 234 matches and scoring 28067 runs with the help of 117 hundreds.

Post his retirement, Bradman retained a pre-eminent position in the game by acting as an administrator, selector, and writer for three decades.

The Australian cricketer continues to hold a number of records, including those of highest career batting average, highest series batting average, highest ratio of centuries and double centuries per innings played, among others. He is also known for being the first batsman in Test history to score two triple centuries, first and only batsman to have remained unbeaten on 299 in a Test innings, and first batsman to score a Test triple century (304) at number 5 position.

Bradman was hospitalised with pneumonia in December 2000, two months after which he breathed his last at his residence on 25 February 2001 at the age of 92. In 2009, the ace cricketer was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.


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