Don Bradman, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Don Bradman

Australian cricketer

Date of Birth: 27-Aug-1908

Place of Birth: Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia

Date of Death: 25-Feb-2001

Profession: cricketer

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Virgo


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About Don Bradman

  • Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), often referred to as "The Don", was an Australian international cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time.
  • Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 has been cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.The story that the young Bradman practised alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball is part of Australian folklore.
  • Bradman's meteoric rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took just over two years.
  • Before his 22nd birthday, he had set many records for top scoring, some of which still stand, and became Australia's sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression. During a 20-year playing career, Bradman consistently scored at a level that made him, in the words of former Australia captain Bill Woodfull, "worth three batsmen to Australia".
  • A controversial set of tactics, known as Bodyline, was specially devised by the England team to curb his scoring.
  • As a captain and administrator, Bradman was committed to attacking, entertaining cricket; he drew spectators in record numbers.
  • He hated the constant adulation, however, and it affected how he dealt with others.
  • The focus of attention on his individual performances strained relationships with some teammates, administrators and journalists, who thought him aloof and wary.
  • Following an enforced hiatus due to the Second World War, he made a dramatic comeback, captaining an Australian team known as "The Invincibles" on a record-breaking unbeaten tour of England. A complex, highly driven man, not given to close personal relationships, Bradman retained a pre-eminent position in the game by acting as an administrator, selector and writer for three decades following his retirement.
  • Even after he became reclusive in his declining years, his opinion was highly sought, and his status as a national icon was still recognised.
  • Almost 50 years after his retirement as a Test player, in 1997, Prime Minister John Howard of Australia called him the "greatest living Australian".
  • Bradman's image has appeared on postage stamps and coins, and a museum dedicated to his life was opened while he was still living.
  • On the centenary of his birth, 27 August 2008, the Royal Australian Mint issued a $5 commemorative gold coin with Bradman's image.
  • In 2009, he was inducted posthumously into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

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