Google today celebrated the 110th birth anniversary of legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald George Bradman with a Doodle. Born on August 27, 1908, in Cootamundra, New South Wales, he was affectionately known as 'The Don'. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time and his records speak for him. Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar took to his Twitter account to remember him. "It’s been 20 years since I met the inspirational Sir #DonBradman but that special memory is so vivid. I still recall his amazing wit, warmth, and wisdom. Remembering him fondly today, on what would have been his 110th birthday," he tweeted.
Sir Donald Bradman made his international debut for Australia at the age of 20. Interestingly, he made his debut against England at Brisbane and played his last test against the same opposition 20 years later. He made 12 test double centuries from 80 innings with the highest ratio of double centuries per innings played. He had a Test average of 99.94 and needed just four runs in his last innings to have a Test batting average of exactly 100.
In domestic cricket, the legendary cricketer scored an astonishing 28,067 runs at an average of 95.14. Bradman also smashed 117 centuries with the highest score of 452 (not out). Such was his charisma that when 'Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack polled 100 former cricketers and journalists to determine the top cricketers of the 20th century, ‘The Don’ was nominated by all 100,” Google wrote on its blog.
Sir George continues to hold some of the records including most double centuries in a career, highest individual test batting average, the only batsman to score over 5000 runs in test matches against an opponent (England). He breathed his last on February 25, 2001, at the age of 92. Eight years later, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.