Donald George Bradman
(Former Australian Cricketer)
Sir Donald George Bradman was an Australian legend and greatest batsman of all time born on 27 August 1908 in Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia. During a 20-year old career, Bradman ended up with a Test batting average of 99.94.
Bradman hit his first century for Bowral Public School at the mere age of 12 against Mittagong High School. It just took 2 years of time for Bradman to make a shift from bush cricket to Australian test team.
He died at the age of 92 on 25 February 2001. In 52 test matches overall, Bradman has scored 6996 runs with an average of 99.94 with a high score of 334.
|Nickname:||The Don, The Boy from Bowrai, Braddles, the White Headley|
|Profession:||Former Australian cricketer|
|Height (approx.):||1.73 m|
|Date of Birth:|
|Died:||25 February 2001 (92 years)|
|Birth Place:||Cootamundra New South Wales, Australia|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||NA|
|School:||Bwral Public School|
|Sister:||Islet, Lilian and Elizabeth May|
|Test:||vs England on 30 November 1928|
|Domestic/State Team:||New South Wales, South Australia|
|Nature on the field:||Aggressive|
|Likes to play against:||England|
|Career Turning Point|
In 1928-29, England wre on a tour to Australia. Bradman scored 87 and 132 not out against the England touring team and got his first maiden test call.
|Favourite Batsmen:||Sachin Tendulkar|
|Favourite Bowlers:||Shane Warne|
|Favourite Football Team:||NA|
|Favourite sports personalities:||NA|
|Favourite Place on earth:||NA|
|Favourite TV Shows:||NA|
|In International cricket:|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Wife/Spouse:||Jessie Martha Menzies|
|Marriage Date:||30 April 1932|
|Children:||1st son died as an infant in 1936|
John Bradsen (1939)
|Net Worth:||Not known|
|Awards and Recognitions|
- In 2009, Sir Don Bradman was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
- Bradman’s image has appeared on postage stamps and coins
- His birthplace has been converted into a museum
- On 27 August 2008, the Royal Australian Mint issued a $5 commemorative gold coin with Bradman’s image.
- Bradman was once fined £50 following a dispute with Australian Cricket Board. In 1930, Bradman has published a book which was breach of contract as per Australian Cricket Board.
- In 60, questions were raised on Don Bradman, when he was the main selector, for picking Ian Meckiff who had a controversial bowling action.
|Lesser Known Facts|
- Young Bradman’s practice story is a part of Australian folklore. Young Bradman practiced alone with a cricket stump and gold ball.
- Bradman was associated with the sports for three decades even after his retirement in the form of administrator, selector and writer.
- Bradman was born at the Cootamundra home of Granny Scholz, a midwife. That house is now the Bradman Birthplace Museum.
- One of Bradman’s great-grandfathers was one of the first Italians to migrate to Australia in 1826.
- Bradman first met Jessie Martha in 1920 and later in April 1932 the couple married at St Paul’s Anglican Church at Burwood. Both had a successful 65 years of marriage.
- His second son John contracted polio while the daughter Shirley had cerebral palsy since birth. His first son died as an infant.
- John legally changed his surname to Bradsen in 1972 after he started feeling the family name as a pressure.