It is Sir Donald Bradman’s 110th birth anniversary today. Google has dedicated a Doodle for him. Remember the guy Walt Disney named Donald Duck after? The Don played cricket for Australia from 1928-1948. He could have played longer had serving in the WWII not caused muscular problems and being diagnosed with fibrosis. He played through it till his career eventually ended.
Bradman’s career Test batting average of 99.94 has been cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport. The Australian government in 2001 declared him as the “greatest Australian ever” in their country’s short modern history, and released postage stamps and coins, and a museum dedicated to his life. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.
To put his achievement into perspective, batting average is the average runs a batsman scores every time he walks out to bat. The next best average after Bradman’s is a list of other legends and they all average in the 60s and 50s, including Indian greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid. His average of nearly a hundred runs/innings is unparalleled. No wonder Walt Disney was disappointed when he got out for a 0 the one time he went to watch him bat in New York.