Millions of people all over the world love cricket, and it has inspired countless legends. Legends whose performances have enriched the game and displayed an unrivaled degree of talent. We usually bring up names like the “God of our sport,” Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Viv Richards, Shane Warne, and many others when discussing these icons. Sir Donald Bradman is one player who has achieved greater success in the sport than anyone could have ever imagined. Known by many as the “Don of Cricket,” he is regarded as the best batsman in history and leaves a lasting impression! He hasn’t played in nearly a century, but we still remember him on the cover of the game Don Bradman.

Early Life:

Donald was born on August 27, 1908 in New South Wales in the cricket crazy country Australia and developed an affection for the game from a very young age. You can even search for his video when he was just a kid, where he can be seen playing in his backyard. He grew up in a very modest family, where his love for the game started when he was given a cricket bat for his second birthday. And little did the world know that this young boy would go on to become an unrivaled sporting marvel.

Unleashing Unmatched Batting Prowess

During his early years, Bradman practiced batting a lot. He made up his own solo game, using a cricket stump for the bat and a golf ball for the ball. A water tank was perched atop a curved brick wall in the paved backyard of his family’s house. After he threw the ball at the curve ball and attempted to hit it back, he would repeat the action once it bounced off the ball. The unpredictable bounce and trajectory of the curved ball in relation to the paved surface present a challenge. And he advanced his timing and responses to a new level by exercising in this manner.

His Professional Debut and Career Ahead:

Bradman has been playing at the highest level for a considerable amount of time, yet he has never been selected for test matches with the national squad. In 1928–29, he relocated to Sydney in an effort to enhance Test selection. He was picked for that season’s first Ashes Test, which was to be held in Brisbane, after he hit a century for Sydney against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.

Bradman, who his teammates called “Braddles,” had a difficult Test debut in Australia. Australia was humiliatingly bowled out for 66 runs at the beginning of the match. During the Second Test, he was dropped to eleventh man. Upon his return, he hit 79 and 112 in the Third Test to become the youngest player to reach a century in a Test match. The series’ fourth test was a drama. With 58 runs scored, Donald had the potential to lead his team to victory, but he was run out for the first time in his career, and Australia lost the game by a mere 12 runs.

Throughout his Test Career, he played 52 matches, scoring 6996 runs with a high score of 334. He was so brilliant throughout his career that the English team had to devise the notorious Bodyline plan to get him out. The plan was to bowl balls fiercely at the bodies of the Australian Batters to injure them. This series is infamously known as the Bodyline Series and is considered a dark patch in English Cricket and sportsmanship in general.

 

 

 

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