You knew he was coming.
It was an era, when the fall of the first Australian wicket spelt catastrophe for the bowlers. Celebrations were muted, and voices hushed, in the face of their inevitable doom. The spectators would be clapping, not for the man going off, or the bowler; the applause was one of anticipation.
The Don was coming.
Sir Donald George Bradman, often called The Don, was a cricket player from Australia who is considered to be the greatest batsman in the world. His batting average in Test cricket was 99.97, which is often considered the greatest achievement earned by any player in any major game. Google Doodle is celebrating his 110th birth anniversary.
As a teenager Bradman played Saturday afternoon cricket in the country and quickly proceeded to amass huge scores. In 1926 the New South Wales Cricket Association, which was incidentally looking for bowlers, asked Bradman to play in trial games. While making modest scores, he nonetheless attracted the eye of the selectors as a player of the future. He played grade cricket with the St. George club in Sydney (he later played with North Sydney and, after moving to Adelaide, South Australia in 1935, with the Kensington club). After some impressive scores he played in his initial first class game for New South Wales against South Australia in 1927 and scored a century. After a series of big scores at the beginning of the 1928-1929 season, he was chosen to play for Australia against Perry Chapman's English side. While performing poorly in the first test and being dropped to 12th man for the second, he scored two centuries in the remaining rubbers to establish his place in the Australian team.
A book written by Roland Perry claims that, “He (Bradman) was most taken in by Tendulkar’s technique, compactness and his shot production and had asked his wife to have a look at the Indian as he felt that Tendulkar played like he had. Jessie agreed that they appeared similar.”
“Bradman ranked Brian Lara and Tendulkar as the best batsmen in the world and found it difficult to judge who was better. He thought that Tendulkar had a very sound defence while Lara was marginally more aggressive and took more risks. By 2000, he held the view that they were the best in world cricket, but that Tendulkar just pipped Lara as the world’s number one,”
Former Indian cricket team superstars Sachin shared heartfelt post on Twitter to remember Sir Don Bradman on his birthday.