Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908–25 February 2001), often known as "The Don," was an Australian international cricketer widely regarded as the greatest batsman of all time. He held many batting records when he retired from international cricket in 1948, including runs scored in a career, average, centuries scored, and most fifties made. Bradman's playing record has never been surpassed and it remains unlikely that it will be.
When Bradman died in 2001 at the age of 92, he had still not lost a test match and his average remained at 100. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest players in history. During his career, Bradman played international cricket for the England team, but because Australia and England were at war during some part of Bradman's life, he played only against other Australians. In fact, he never played a Test match against England until after his death.
Bradman was born in Morley, Western Australia, the second of three children to Scottish-Australian parents. His father was a station hand who left when Donald was young. His mother died when he was eleven years old. After school, he worked as a stockman on a rural property before going out to play cricket for South Fremantle Cricket Club.
Don Bradman (1908–2001) is widely considered to be the greatest cricket batsman of all time. He rose from modest beginnings to conquer the world of cricket, gain an OBE, and become one of Australia's national heroes. His batting average of 99.94 is still unrivaled today.
Bradman was a true perfectionist who spent his entire career with the New South Wales team. He was known for his impeccable technique and his ability to remain focused during long innings. The fact that he played only test cricket makes him unique among modern day batsmen. He remains the only person to have a number "1" badge on the back of his jersey in the Cricket Hall of Fame in Melbourne.
Bradman averaged over 100 runs per game for ten years running from 1930-39, including five consecutive years between 1933-37 when he scored more than 1000 runs. During this period, he set records by scoring centuries early in his career and late into his career. For example, he scored 101 not out against England at Adelaide Oval in 1931 when he was only twenty-one years old. He also holds the record for the highest individual score in test cricket - 333 not out v India at Lord's in 1936.
In addition to being one of the most successful test batsmen of all time, Bradman also holds the record for the highest individual score in one-day internationals (tonight).
Don Bradman, byname of Sir Donald George Bradman, (born August 27, 1908, Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia—died February 25, 2001, Adelaide, South Australia), was an Australian cricketer who was widely regarded as the finest player of the twentieth century. He holds many records in cricket history: most career runs, most centuries, and most fast scores. Bradman's average of 99.94 is also high today. He remains the only person to have a score of 100 or more in an international cricket match.
Bradman played in 86 Test matches for the English team, including the entire series against India in 1947-48. His influence on the game is evident from the fact that he remains the only man to have scored 5000 runs in an international season (1947). He also owns the record for most consecutive Test innings without being dismissed (1150) - this was later broken by Steve Waugh of Australia.
After retiring from playing cricket, Bradman became a successful businessman and philanthropist. He served as chairman of the board of directors of the Australian Cricket Board from 1969 to 1986. In addition, he managed and owned several sports teams, including a major part in the creation of the Australian Baseball League. Finally, he was responsible for bringing the Indian Cricket Team to Australia for three Tests in 1948-49.
Sir Donald Bradman is a cricketing icon and a national hero in Australia. Don Bradman is well-known not just in Australia also across the world for his exceptional talent in cricket. His commitment to the game helped Australia become one of the most successful cricketing nations in the world.
He is the only person to have an official portrait painted by each of the three main Australian artists - Ken Howard, Peter Martin and Julian Ashton. The portraits are on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
Don Bradman was born on April 28, 1877 in Kinnaird, South Australia. He was educated at Fort Street High School in Adelaide. He made his first-class debut for South Australia in 1897 and retired from cricket after the 1911 season, having never been dismissed from the field. He died in January 1945 in Parktown, South Australia aged 66.
During his career, he averaged over 100 runs per innings with a single-season record of 334 not out for New South Wales in 1900-01. This remains the highest individual score in a Test match today. He has always been ranked as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the sport.
Australia has honored him with the title "The Father of Cricket". The Sir Donald Bradman Awards were established by the Australian Cricketers' Association in 1988 to honor outstanding contributions to the game of cricket.