Interestingly, a very few know that the cricket legend once practiced alone with a stump and a golf ball but his rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took just over two years.

During a 20-year playing career, Bradman consistently scored at a level that made him 'worth three batsmen to Australia'. A controversial set of tactics, known as Bodyline, was specifically devised by the England team to curb his scoring.

As a captain, 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.

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.

Even after he became reclusive in his declining years his opinion was highly sought, and his status as a national icon was still recognized—more than 50 years after his retirement as a Test player, in 2001, the Australian Prime Minister John Howard 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 and on 19 November 2009, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Sir Donald Bradman is the greatest batsman ever with test average remains far above anyone else. In 52 tests he managed 29 hundreds and scored just below 6,000 runs at an average of 99.94. If he had scored 6 runs on his last test innings at Lords in 1948, he would have finished with an average of 100. However, the greatest cricketer of the era was out for a duck - a paradoxical end to a stupendous career.


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